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Pilots: How Insulting Is The "bus Driver" Commet?  
User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6857 times:

I'm not a pilot, but I figure is I were called that, I'd be a bit pissed. With some seats getting as cheap as riding a train, nobody is calling airliners 'air trains' but with lower and lower cost fares, it may get worse. Soon they'll call you guys 'air taxi drivers.'




The meaning of life is curiosity; we were put on this planet to explore opportunities.
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User currently offlineDoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3441 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6838 times:

well, I've heard A320 piltos refer to themselves as "bus drivers"  Smile


When in doubt, one B pump off
User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6812 times:

It doesn't really get to me...the people who say that just don't understand and you can't make them understand. Just shrug it off and move on.

User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6787 times:

If I were a pilot, I couldn't care less what other people say.
I'd definitely be making waaaay more money than them  Smile


User currently offlineUa777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6764 times:

If I heard that I would just say "sir please sit your ass in your seat, even if I'm the driver I get paid more and have the best seat in the house, and thanks for flying xxx airlines!"

But really if I were a level headed pilot I would just say "Well sir, this driver hopes to leave on time so please take your seat"

UA777222



"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."
User currently offlineBuckfifty From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1316 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6702 times:

I refer to myself as a bus driver all the time (I fly an Airbus). So what?

I'm not so pompous to think that I should be in any way insulted by that comment. If anything, people in this profession need more humbility than nobility.

Besides, if anything, real bus drivers earn a hard living, and they should be respected as much as any other professional. If I find myself insulted to be called a bus driver, I'd be insulting them.


User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 858 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6624 times:

Personly I would be honoured to be called "busdriver"!!
waaay higher paycheck and no handling a wheel just pushing buttons for feet and speed, relaxing with a great meal cruising at 850-900 km/h....
I think 99% would be a "busdriver", dont you?
Hejdå

Michael//SE  Big thumbs up



Airbus SAS - Love them both
User currently offlineANA777Master From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6581 times:

I wonder who was the mind behind calling them "airbuses". Really stupid name indeed. Why not go a little further and call them cattlecars?

User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 858 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6550 times:

Cattlecars??
Well, you´re sure sound like an ass, so join the cattlecars dude  Laugh out loud

Michael//SE



Airbus SAS - Love them both
User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2473 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6522 times:

You know, I really don't care what yall call me. Just read my signature...'nuff said.

XJR



Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlinePhilsquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6416 times:

Doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I often say I drive an 18wheeler (-400). Last thing I really want to do when I meet someone is tell them I'm a -400 Captain.

User currently offlineAa717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6374 times:

Among other pilots, it's common. If a non-pilot says that, they're just ignorant.TC


FL450, M.85
User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4229 posts, RR: 37
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6343 times:

Ditto for AA717driver... hit the nail right on the head.


Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlineBobb From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6272 times:

"I'm not a pilot, but I figure is I were called that, I'd be a bit pissed"


You are aware even pilots have to deal with irated passengers, help the boarding if necessary, and whatever other tasks..... After you have been on a real job, "bus driver" doesn't seem that bad.

If you've been a test pilot all your life, driving a mere 727 with a bunch of tourists maybe off putting.


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6221 times:

I am by no means a pilot,

But if anybody were to refer to me as an overpaid bus driver, I'd invite them to ride jumpseat while landing during a heavy thunderstorm.

But that's just me.

DLKAPA


User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6208 times:

I refer to myself as a glorified bus driver. It does not bother me.

I L U V 7 6 7


User currently offlineFLYSSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6190 times:

Isn't it insulting for the Bus drivers to be compared to pilots ???  Insane

There is no stupid job...only stupid people.


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17166 posts, RR: 66
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6117 times:

If you are offended by something like that, you need to get yourself a life. After all, you're flying the plane. Isn't that enough?


"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineIluv727s From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6008 times:

"Bus Driver" is an accurate term. With airfare so inexpensive, you now haul much of the same type of folks... just look at the A/C when everyone deplanes... garbage, peanuts, and crap laying everywhere. Bus, taxi, or airplane... its almost the same in today's society - sad but true.

What separates us from them is the pilots... they are the elite! Oh - another difference... when the cab or bus is traveling at speed, the passenger is anywhere from three to six feet from the ground... In an aircraft - many thousands of feet!



A lack of planning on your behalf does not create an emergency on my behalf.
User currently offlineSSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5963 times:

I'm a pilot but by no means anywhere near ATP status, but among the pilots we use some variation on the term "drive" often. If a non-pilot or someone "on the outside" uses that term, it all depends on the context they use it in. If they use it in a derogatory manner, even if talking to me the "Cessna 152 driver", I just kindly remind them that the pilot in command is the final authority as to the safe operation of the aircraft, a big responsibility. As I've stated already, I'm nowhere near the level of the big riggers around here (<--there I go again  Big grin ), but that's just where I come from on the issue. Plenty of morons in the world, the worst thing you can do to yourself is get hellbent over them. Life isn't worth that, so why do people get so wound up?

User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5949 times:

I'm a paramedic. Calling a paramedic an "ambulance driver" is considered a minor insult. Ambulance drivers were the guys dressed in spiffy white uniforms that tooled around in Cadillac hearses in the 1950's and 1960's. Their primary role was to throw you on a stretcher and drive to the hospitalas fast as they could...no care or treatment at all.

Mark


User currently offlineAguilo From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5803 times:

Asst Chief Mark: Do you ever find your job as a Medic to be "boring" or "mundane" or do you still get excited about going to work everyday?

Who do you say had the "cooler job" the Medic or the Pilot?


User currently offlineType-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5676 times:

I frequently find that people who call pilots "Bus Drivers" do it just to see if they can get a rise (or reaction) out of the pilot. I learned to ignore these types years ago as most have advised in this thread.

User currently offlineJetPower580 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5611 times:

Actually being called a bus driver could be considered a badge of honor. I refer to the brave souls who drive public buses in Isreal.

User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5519 times:

KEno,

the really rich people can still think pilots are 'bus drivers' for many reasons  Big grin


25 Eddieho : Remember what these people are in reality... PILOTS
26 Darrenthe747 : When I tell some people my dream is to be an airline pilot and those who respond with the "bus driver" comment, I have found that those people themsel
27 Ts-ior : ...and what's wrong in being a bus, a taxi,or a truck driver ? It's a descent occupation and that's the most important no ?
28 Post contains images SSTjumbo : ...and what's wrong in being a bus, a taxi,or a truck driver ? It's a descent occupation and that's the most important no ? Keyword: descent??? [note:
29 Alphascan : I am by no means a pilot, But if anybody were to refer to me as an overpaid bus driver, I'd invite them to ride jumpseat while landing during a heavy
30 Warszawa : " If you are offended by something like that, you need to get yourself a life. After all, you're flying the plane. Isn't that enough? " I fully agree.
31 Starlionblue : If I were a pilot, people could call me whatever they wanted. I'd still be flying the plane. Good enough for me. An old colleague of mine once (years
32 MaverickM11 : How do you think it makes bus drivers feel when their profession is used in comparison with pilots in a very disparaging way?
33 Starlionblue : Just like the pilots, I imagine they get on with their lives. The world is full of morons. You can't pay attention to each and every one.
34 UAL747DEN : What is wrong with a bus driver? Why would a pilot care if someone said that? It's funny how people here think that everyone cares so much about aviat
35 NWA : I am asked that by marines all the time. "what do you plan to do". "I want to fly for an airline sometime, I hope". Then they ALWAYS say join the mari
36 AFROTC : with the first comment, i beg to differ in one aspect that some train tickets are somewhat higher than some plane tickets, have you checked out the am
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