What would you say to him?

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Did you know that there’s just above 5% female pilots in the aviation industry today working as commercial pilots? That is 95% MEN. 👨🏼‍✈️ ⠀

But to be honest, I don’t mind. I don’t feel I get treated differently than any of my colleagues, and that’s EXACTLY how it should be. However, every now and then I meet people at work that don’t see me as an equal to my male colleagues. 🙄 ⠀

One of these rare encounters happened just the other day when I was outside doing the pre-flight inspection walking around the plane. While doing so I told the fueler how many tons of fuel the captain and myself had decided we wanted to uplift. Since there was some thunderstorms around we wanted another 2 ton, just to give us some extra time up there in case we needed it. Nothing unusual. ⛈⛽️ ⠀

That’s when this guy, elderly man in his 60’s, refused to start the fueling as he thought I was asking for too much fuel for the relatively short trip and demanded to speak with “the real pilot” aka. the captain, for him to confirm the figures. 😑

His behavior took me completely by surprise, and I found myself in a situation where I needed to explain myself why we needed the extra fuel and assure him I was a “real pilot” too. 🤷🏼‍♀️ ⠀

What would you say in this situation? 💬 ⠀

This caption got a lot longer than I initially intended, but I wanted to share with you a bit of real insights into my aviation world. But let’s end on the positive note: the latest statistics shows a positive trend seeing more female pilots in the industry. Which is freaking awesome. 🙌🏼 ⠀

What are your thoughts on this? 💭 ⠀