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July 12 2016

Snake on a Plane: Fomer NBC Producer Tries to Get Pilot Disciplined for Calling the Stewardesses "Pretty"

Charlotte Allen

Hell hath no fury like a feminist journalist experiencing a microaggression.

Former NBC producer Betsy Fischer Martin was so freaked out by having to listen to a United Airlines pilot call the stewardesses "pretty" that she promptly alerted United via Twitter, presumably so that appropriate disciplinary steps could be taken:

Really? @united pilot just directed passengers on PA to pay attention "to the pretty young ladies in the aisle" for safety instructions.

So--will United fire the man, or just push him out of the plane at 30,000 feet?

Well, United is going to do something, because Fischer is such a big media cheese (she's married to New York Times political reporter Jonathan Martin). Indeed, the airline promptly tweeted back:

Betsy, please feel free to DM us more details including flight number. ^NC

That's nice: Punishing a pilot for complimenting the flight attendants. The emboldened Martin flamed out a few more tweets:

when is @united going to at least train pilots to act like it's 2016 not 1965.

and:

Retweeting a sample of many tweets showing why is alive and well in the workplace.

Heat Street, which reported Martin's Twitter-tattle, had this update:

No word yet on whether this monster will face any consequences for his actions.

And according to Heat Street, reporting air-travel sexist indignities over Twitter has become a feminist-journalist thing. Here's a tweet yesterday from the Washington Post's Karen Tumulty:

Misogynist souvenir now on sale at the airport. Seriously, BWI?

The "misogynist souvenir" in question is a Hillary Clinton nutcracker. We can't have anyone making fun of Hillary.

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