Following the virtue-signaling protests against the new Georgia election integrity law, United Airlines has announced a shift in its hiring policies. The changes give preference to future pilots based on their gender and skin color.
The airline, which trumpeted the new policy via Twitter, will be devoted to ensuring that 50 percent of the estimated 5,000 pilots to be trained and hired over the next decade will be women and people of color. This is just the latest example of how the nation’s largest corporations have embraced official policies of discrimination against white men through toxic “woke” ideology and Critical Race Theory.
According to United, “Our flight deck should reflect the diverse group of people on board our planes every day. That’s why we plan for 50% of the 5,000 pilots we train in the next decade to be women or people of color”.
Many find it a peculiar stance for a major airline to place more importance on hiring based on identity instead of solid piloting skills by eliminating qualified candidates. One of them is Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Carlson called out this dangerous lunacy on Wednesday’s edition of his popular show with a blistering monologue against United, where he questioned the airline’s skewed priorities.
Tucker Carlson slams United Airlines’ new plans to prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion over safety. pic.twitter.com/W9Faz1arZ2
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According to Carlson, “United used to be a conventional commercial air carrier. It flew airplanes from place to place, most of the time uneventfully. That was the old United Airlines. The new United is very different. It’s a combination of a hyper-aggressive corporate HR department and a left-wing political action committee. The new United is big on moral pronouncements and mandatory social engineering. United has embraced equity”.
He continued, “United Airlines is mandating affirmative action quotas in its flight schools, this is a big change for the country. When Coca-Cola embraces some equity scheme, you can understand why: they’re hoping that by hiring more Black executives, no one will ask how many Black Americans have gotten diabetes from drinking Coke. For Coca-Cola, equity is purely a defensive PR move, and it makes sense”.
Tucker pointed out the danger of such a radical policy: “But airlines are different. An airline pilot transports hundreds of people at a time in a thin-walled metal tube going nearly 600 miles an hour, 35,000 feet off the ground”, he said, “Flying a commercial airliner is dangerous. Like performing heart surgery, no matter how many times you’ve done it, it’s inherently high stakes. People die if you screw up. In the airline business, as in medicine, not killing people is all that matters. So, how will racial and gender quotas make United Airlines safer? That’s the only question that matters”.
After playing a clip of United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby regaling CBS with the plans to address the company’s “structural issues with the makeup of our pilots”, Carlson moved in for the kill.
“An airline pilot’s job is to land the plane safely. Everything else is irrelevant. If 100% of United pilots were Black women, or Malaysian Muslims, or for that matter, White men from Alabama, not a single sane person would complain about it as long as the airplanes didn’t crash. Safety is all that matters,” he correctly stated.
He then called out Kirby’s indifference to safety; “But you’ll notice the CEO of United didn’t mention safety. Safety is no longer that airline’s top concern. Identity politics is. United will dispute that characterization, of course. In fact, they disputed it in a statement to ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ Wednesday”.
Carlson continued, “‘United Airlines will continue to uphold its high standards, they told us. But they’re lying. We know they’re lying — and you know it too — because in the airline business, there’s only one standard that matters, and it’s not race or gender. It’s competence. The way people look is totally irrelevant. How they perform is all that matters. Once you forget that, airplanes tend to crash.”
He added, “So if hiring on the basis of irrelevant criteria will, over time, get people killed, why are they demanding it? Because they don’t care. They’re ideologues. They’re suffering from an incurable brain disease called wokeness. Reality means nothing to them. It’s merely an impediment to their plans”.
It’s important to point out that it isn’t only United Airlines that will be shifting their priorities to “equity” over quality. While this may be music to the ears of the “woke” revolutionaries who have infiltrated corporations, the media, and our nation’s institutions, the real-life consequences will be devastating in the long run.