Monday, 28 June 2010

All-female Turkish flight crew take to the skies

This opinion piece in the Hurriyet made me smile.

It talks about an all-female flight crew who fly between Antalya and Amsterdam. The writer wonders if having a crew made up of women will affect nervous fliers' anxiety:

"Think of a flight that is totally under the control of women. From the pilot to the hostess, all of the flight’s personnel are women. Would this come as a relief to those who are afraid of flying or would it increase their anxiety? It is hard to know."

I thought nervous fliers were worried about sitting passively in a cramped seat as thousands of tonnes of metal hurtled through the sky at enormous speeds at a vertiginous height. Surely the gender of the pilot is secondary? Maybe it's just me.

 Sabiha Gokcen: The world's first female fighter pilot.

Anyone nervous about female pilots would do well to remember that women have far fewer road accidents than men. I can't think of any reason why this shouldn't translate to flying a plane.

It's also worth remembering that the world's first female fighter pilot was Turkish. Perhaps Turkish women have flying in the blood. In which case, I think anyone flying Corendon from Antalya to Amsterdam is probably in great hands.


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