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Pilot left frustrated after airport worker assumes she's a flight attendant because she's a woman

Pilot left frustrated after airport worker assumes she's a flight attendant because she's a woman

She said this sort of thing happens pretty often

A pilot was left incredibly frustrated after a gate agent at an airport assumed she was a flight attendant and not a pilot/

Apparently it wasn't an isolated incident either as the pilot took to TikTok to vent her frustration in a video which has been viewed over 2.6 million times:

"Gate agent looked me in the eye today and asked if I was the flight attendant," she wrote, adding that it was unfortunately a 'common occurrence'.

Airline pilot Sabrina Johnson went on to say that the screw-up was so 'jarring to me' because she got the comment from staff members who worked at an airport, so they really should know a pilot's uniform when they see one.

Her response ended with the iconic '#bruh', which really sums up the sort of way to clap back at this type of behaviour.

Despite the occasional daft comment from someone Sabrina has made it clear in other TikToks that she really does love her job, enjoying flying the plane, the travel benefits and all the wonderful sights you get to see.

Those stripes on the epaulettes aren't just for show, you know.

Plenty of the over two million people to watch Sabrina's video thought it was just plain weird that someone who works at an airport would fail to recognise a pilot's uniform when they saw one.

One of the best suggestions was to ask the airport staff who mistook her for a flight attendant whether they were the pilot, and when they said no to respond with 'obviously, cuz I am'.

Someone else suggested getting in on missing the obvious signs as to what someone's job was by asking the gate agent if they were the janitor, while a third suggested pretending to be a flight attendant who wanted to 'try flying the plane today'.

Another suggestion was to respond with a good old patronizing 'aww, it's your first day' to such a blatant mistake, which frankly is a good way of letting someone know they've screwed up while offering them a handy way out.

Fortunately there are plenty of upsides to being a pilot which make the job worthwhile.

Other women shared stories of times when someone had assumed they wouldn't have a higher-up role because of their gender, with one saying she ran a business but a client told her 'shouldn't be so arrogant because I was just an assistant'.

A software engineer also said she was sick of 'the amount of times men will assume I'm a designer', while a lawyer chipped in to say she'd had similar treatment in the courtroom from people who'll 'ask if you're the journalist'.

Even other female pilots joined in with the comments to say the same had happened to them on multiple occasions.

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@sabrinaleej

Topics: Travel, TikTok