Prioritization of Diversity Over Safety Puts Airline Passengers at Risk
United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby (Source: LibsofTikTok)
Recent air disasters and close calls have made many wonder if airline and aircraft manufacturing companies have made woke DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) policies–which emphasize hiring decisions on the basis of race, gender and sexual orientation–a higher priority than assuring passenger safety.
United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby is very open about the company’s focus on DEI hiring preferences, even appearing dressed in drag in several pictures and videos.
At least 50% of graduates from United’s new pilot academy “will be women or people of color,” Kirby stated in a recent interview. Its first graduating class was 80% women or minorities, putting an emphasis on recruiting anything but white men to be pilots.
During a recent flight, shortly after taking off from Hawaii on December 18, 2022, United Flight 1722 went into a dive, coming within 800 feet of hitting the ocean before the pilots regained control. According to the NTSB, the problem was caused by miscommunication between the pilot and copilot. United has not disclosed whether or not the pilots were DEI hires. The training deficiency makes it clear that United needs to make the safety of its passengers a higher priority than DEI goals.
When a door panel blew off Alaska Airlines 1282 while it was at 16,000 feet on January 5, 2024, questions of safety began to be raised and it became obvious that Alaska Air seemed more focused on DEI than passenger safety. Alaska Airlines is so obsessively woke that they released a “ first of its kind Pride-inspired plane” in 2021 and had also fired two flight attendants simply for asking for clarifications on how the company’s sexual orientation views might impact religious freedom.
American Airlines, which has been called out for serving woke politicians instead of its customers, has announced that it has become more intentional in its DEI efforts. American Airlines detailed a “cash incentive program” that rewarded executives for reaching DEI targets in its 2023 proxy statement.
Yet pilots report that the company has reduced the frequency of their recurrent training.
Is safety receiving the same priority as their DEI initiatives? Amid a series of underreported aviation near-disasters, American Airline pilots report that the company has reduced the frequency of their recurrent training.
Source: Consumers’ Research
Boeing has been in the hotseat since the January 5, 2024 incident in which a door panel blew off a Boeing 737 Max 9 Max aircraft operated by Alaska Airlines. Inspections found loose bolts on other airlines’ Boeing 737 Max 9 planes. Problems with Boeing’s 737 Max are thought to be the reason for fatal crashes in 2017 and 2018. In the wake of those twin tragedies, when safety should have been its first, last, and only priority, Boeing doubled down on DEI. In its 2023 DEI report, it rather tellingly stated that, “for the first time in our company’s history, we tied incentive compensation to inclusion.”
Source: New York Post
Boeing contracted with Spirit AeroSystems to produce the faulty door on its Boeing 737 Max 9. The company prominently features DEI on its corporate website, calling it “a competitive advantage.” Spirit AeroSystems went a step further, touting its large female workforce.
Contact these aviation companies and tell them to stop pushing their woke DEI ideology ahead of their passengers’ safety.
Alaska Airlines: 1 (800) 654-5669
American Airlines: 1 (800) 433-7300
United Airlines: 1 (800) 864-8331
Boeing: Brian Besanceney, SVP and Chief Communications Officer: email@example.com