Fox News host Tucker Carlson said United Airlines’ new diversity initiative would end up killing people.
On Tuesday, United – the only major US airline with its own flight school, United Aviate Academy – announced plans to train 5,000 new pilots by 2030. The airline wants at least half of all pilots to be pilots. women and people of color.
In an interview with CBS, United CEO Scott Kirby explained that his company wants to increase diversity among its pilots because only 7% of the airline’s pilots are female and only 13% are non-white.
On the Wednesday slice of Tucker Carlson tonightCarlson said, “Security is no longer the primary concern of this airline – identity politics is.”
“It doesn’t matter what the people look like. All you need to worry about is how they behave. Once you forget that planes tend to crash… go, ”he says. “We have to fight for color blind meritocracy for real. I mean, our lives depend on meritocracy.”
Carlson called United’s initiative “a combination of a hyper-aggressive corporate human resources department and a left-wing political action committee … big on moral statements and social engineering. obligatory.”
In a statement posted on Twitter, United announced: “All of the highly qualified applicants we accept into the academy, regardless of race or gender, will have met or exceeded the standards we have set for admission.”
However, Carlson said the company was lying.
“We know they lie and you know it too,” he said, “because in the airline industry there is only one standard that matters, and it is not race. , and it’s not sex. It’s skill. “
In the United States, 93.7% of professional pilots are white and 92.5% are men, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Romello Walters – a social media manager for Fly for the Culture, an organization dedicated to diversifying the airline workforce – told CNN that many downtown children of color are not exposed to the aviation industry in their schools or communities. Many also don’t have the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to attend a flight academy and become a licensed pilot.
United said it would find candidates by partnering with the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, Sisters of the Skies, the Latino Pilots Association and the Professional Asian Pilots Association.
Hiring a more diverse workforce could help the aviation industry avoid a looming pilot shortage, according to Shannon McLoughlin Morrison, associate director of studies and program evaluation at Ohio State University.
In an article she wrote on the airline’s lack of diversity, she reported that black and female pilots cited the lack of mentors, access to industry, resources and “people like you.” As barriers to entry and retention in the flight industry.
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