Impressed by being flown by Air India's all-women crew from New York to Delhi, Dr Cristine Legare, a senior researcher and Cognitive scientist associated with the University of Texas in Austen took to Twitter lauding girl power. Legare tweeted saying, "Flew from NY to Delhi today on Air India with a female pilot and an all-female flight crew."
Her tweet further reads, "Turns out that India has the largest number of female pilots in the world. And yes, we arrived at our destination early after a smooth flight and perfect landing. Jai Hind!" INSV Tarini Crew Members Awarded Nav Sena Medal On Eve Of 72nd Independence Day
Here is the tweet:
Flew from NY to Delhi today on Air India with a female pilot and an all female flight crew. Turns out that India has the largest number of female pilots in the world. And yes, we arrived at our destination early after a smooth flight and perfect landing. Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/wkgdMHMVWD
— Cristine Legare (@CristineLegare) September 10, 2018
She posted the tweet with the picture of two women pilots holding hands sitting in the cockpit. The tweet has garnered a lot of reaction on social media with more than 26,000 likes.
It is a publicly available photo from Air India, not the same aircraft I flew in (I wouldn’t post unauthorized photos of cockpits without permission).
— Cristine Legare (@CristineLegare) September 11, 2018
Here is how some reacted to the tweet:
Okay! Just be careful when you're parking. https://t.co/DXWvW9K6R2
— MM (@mridulmahanta) September 11, 2018
We completely agree, Afroz. :) We're glad to convey your positive words to our team!
— Jet Airways (@jetairways) September 12, 2018
— Miriam Sneha (@MiriamSneha) September 12, 2018
We are surely going to have more women pilots
More power to you..This motivates me further to let my little daughter peruse whatever she wants to do in life .Will certainly show this tweet of you to her
— Syed (@shadabsyed7) September 11, 2018
While most lauded the women pilots and Legare for posting the tweet, misogynistic people were soon to comment.
We sure did not ask for this
And she had 47 attempts to park the plane at the gate. https://t.co/j1VJpjDTc3
— Gav (@TitsyMaghee) September 12, 2018
The intention of Legare's tweet was to make people realise that women can fly planes just like any other human being.
Meanwhile, somebody commented saying that it was a 737 cockpit and how it flew from NY to Delhi. Legare replied saying that she had used of Air India which was publicly available and said that she "wouldn't post unauthorized photos of cockpits without permission". According to data from the International Society of Women Airline Pilots, India has the largest number of women pilots. However, only five per cent of the world's commercial airline pilots is women.