United Airlines Says It Wants 50% Of Pilots Trained In Next Decade To Be Women Or People Of Color

United Airlines Says It Wants 50% Of Pilots Trained In Next Decade To Be Women Or People Of Color


United Airlines announced on Tuesday that it would increase the number of women and people of color who become pilots, setting a goal for 50% of the 5,000 pilots trained in the next decade to fit the demographics.

The airline made the announcement on Twitter, writing, “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.”

Twenty minutes after the initial tweet was sent – and after criticism from many on Twitter suggesting hiring people based on race and gender rather than talent would be dangerous – United followed up by saying: “All the highly qualified candidates we accept into the Academy, regardless of race or sex, will have met or exceeded the standards we set for admittance.”

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The follow-up didn’t placate everyone, including Dave Brooks, the former managing editor of The Daily

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