This is my response to Ms. Glass:
My name is Bryan Painter, and I am an avid aviation enthusiast. I recently came across an article written by you, "Should women fly on Hooters Air". To say the least, I am very distraught at your bias, tunnelvision, feminist views. Allow me to take a second to analyze and critique a few excerpts from your article in which your ignorance to the facts negate:
"Still, Hooters does have it's unlikely supporters. Hooters isn't the root of sexism or objectification my neighboring male co-worker argues confidently, as I tilt my head."
So you're saying that just because there are two Hooters gals on each flight as representatives from the restuarant chain objectification automatically becomes a prevalent factor in enticing passengers? I think not. If you want to go that far, you should be discontent with Southwest Airlines. Southwest Airlines began operations in 1973, inta-Texas operations, in which their flight attendants wore very short mini-skirt cowgirl uniforms for a time.
"No doubt, many men (and women) will choose to fly Hooters. They choose shiny object over safety. But no worries. This is just the Darwinian way of weeding out the weaker of the species. they have to go someday, why not die while having some hot wings and eye candy on the way down? We euthanize animals in pain, surely we can spare the mentally challenged a few blessed last moments of life.
But those of us who care to spend our money more wisely, and expand our cash for services that cater to us, there is one oustanding factor that will turn away most women: Hooters caters to men. Seventy percent of their clientele are men between the ages of 25 and 54. Clearly, Hooters knows their audience. But when airlines are going under, limiting your passengers to a sing demographic seems very small picture."
Choose to fly shiny objects over safety? Ummm hello! Delta Air Lines does all of Hooters maintenance. Delta has not had a fatal accident since 1985, when one of their L-1011's experienced heavy windshear on approach to DFW
(Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport). Even so, that accident was not maintanence-related. Also on the same subject of safety, all Hooters Air aircraft are piloted by FAA-certified personnel, as well as having 3 FAA-certified flight attendants on-board. As you seem ignorant to all of the other facts, I might as well go ahead and tell you that Hooters bought out PACE Airlines, which handled a multitude of sports-related charter operations. Nothing has really changed form the PACE set-up except that the aircraft are re-painted and carry two Hooters gals. The pilots, flight attendants, and all other employees are still PACE Airlines personnel. Through PACE's history, not one fatality has been caused by the airline. It is also disturbing that you call people who choose to fly on Hooters Air "mentally challenged". Nothing would please me more than for you to stand up infront of a 737-200 loaded full of businesspeople and tell them that they are mentally challenged. I can guarantee that the majority of them have more schooling and are far more intelligent than you are. It almost seems that you are mocking the mentally challenged. Come on, have a little more self-confidence! I mean, you don't have to go so far as to mock yourself! Has it ever become apparent to you that most buinesspeople are men? When you need to get from Myrtle Beach or Newark (Newark also serves the New York City market) the fastest and easiest way possible, and Hooters Air offers you great service for an excellent price, why the heck not?
"Not only does Hooters repel women by not embracing them, they insult them with stereotypes."
I have yet to hear a news release staing that Hooters Air are turning women away from the doors of their aircraft. In the airline business, every seat with an ass in it is making the airline that much more money. The last thing ANY airline would do is not encourage women or anyone for that matter to fly with them. Hooters? Stereotypical? Last time I checked most of the personnel employed by Hooters are women, so obviously they do not insult them stereotypically. If you don't want to serve food in a tight orange shirt, and pants, then don't. I can assure you, other women will do it very willingly because that's what brings the dough home to feed little Johnny.
"I'd rather lose a few dollars on a flight than sell my self respect and barter my dignity. Besides there are other discount airlines. AirTran is still around and they don't require women to wear hot pants. AirTran is known for "delivering the best flying experience to smart travelers.".....Do I fly on a post 9/11 airline because they offer safe travel or do I fly on an airline to see women in tight t-shirts."
Yeah, well there are also other low-cost carriers out there like Southwest. Go fly on them too. They at one time had such "objectifiaction" as you would say. Also coming on to the market is Delta's low-cost carrier Song Air. I can't wait to read your article entitled: "Don't fly Song Air because their parent company provides the maintanence for a sexist airline". What does 9/11 have to do with airline safety? If anything, the safety precautions post-9/11 are much higher than pre-9/11. If you look back through the years you will come across an airline named ValuJet. ValuJet had a fleet of McDonnell Douglas DC-9 aircraft, and offered price-effective travel. The airline experienced a series of accidents, and even had their certificate to provide passenger transit revoked. To resume operations and to cover up a publically-shamed name, ValuJet merged with a small carrier called AirTran. They took the AirTran name, and repainted their aircraft. In reality, it is the same thing. So don't go off on a tangent about the airline being un-safe.
"I'll just have to pray that this too shall pass. Besides, maybe they'll go bust."
Oh that's a wonderful thing to say. Go tell that to the airline's employees and their families. Without this airline, many people would be un-employed today and not have the means to support themselves. This is a positive turn in trying to turn our ailing economy around. "Small things have a multiplied effect," as you would say.
I have one more thing to say to you. Even though I promised that I wouldn't bring myself down to this level, it must be said: It's liberal Nazi feminist b**ch*s like you that go shooting their mouths off about one aspect of a situation, and then end up getting their a$$es slammed for their ignorance of the complete matter at hand. Every time people like you end up adding in their two cents, I feel like giving them change back.
Sincerely yours (yeah right),
Bryan S. Painter
(Some of the more-explicit language has been edited in this post)
Too often we ... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy