This article leaves me a little lukewarm.
No one has been able to confirm her abilities, yet because her father is a captain, and also because she's a black woman, then it means that she's got a free ride into the airlines.
I would say that yes, the above has to be factors in this, and it would be silly not to think so. But I won't go as far as to say that she herself is not worthy to be flying for Southwest at all.
There are standards, afterall, and if you are an unsafe pilot, you're liable to be fired just as much as anyone else.
, there are instances where people can be held back from promotion. Senority only gets you there, you still have to pass the checks.