"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Airlines -- Be Cautious of Who You Hire

Like Bell Biv DeVoe says, "Don't trust an ATP and a smile..."  I can hardly point to a peer of mine in the Air Force that I would personally hire as a private employer.  There are a few, but they are a very few.

Most are of the go-along-to-get-along, what's in it for me, variety and sadly lack the most basic morality.  Sure, they meet the standard test when it comes to participation in your fantasy football league.  You know, they like football and they like the ladies, and beer, and they want to fit in and they can tell a joke from time to time.  But that whole Constitution thing they swore to support and defend is just so confusing when they don't read it...

Take for example this guy I used to fly with who was little more than the cute smile from the poison lyrics above.  He's a recent hire by a major airline, but he also thinks it is okay for armored men with guns to use violence against teenager girls.

That's not hyperbole.

He thinks the young girl in the video above deserved what she got from the same cop who arrested a military soldier in uniform for playing music too loud in a parking lot.  Never mind that the cop was fired, this guy thinks the display of power against the youngster was perfectly acceptable.  And if you disagree with that, you're just anti-authority, some kind of crazy anarchist or something.

We can all have our opinions.  But this individual defriended me after I shared the opinion above, and since he's still a public servant for the next little bit, I figured this would be something worth sharing.  I hate it when worthwhile conversations come to an abrupt end by those who feel ill equipped to have them.  Perhaps Clint Schulz will change his mind and respond here.

Airlines should be careful about the quality they are hiring.  It probably won't matter, flying for the airlines is certainly not public service.  But if I were a young girl traveling on Southwest, I'd be extra careful this pilot doesn't have an air marshal violently throw me off the plane for not being respectful enough.  You don't want to be deemed unruly if he's at the front of the jet.

"If I were you I'd take precautions..."

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