Former Good Morning Britain co-anchor Piers Morgan has unleashed a blistering attack on United Airlines after the company announced that gender and skin colour should play a part in its recruitment. The outspoken journalist questioned why the aviation giant had introduced this strategy.
Piers, 55, is no stranger to sharing his controversial opinions and recently departed his role on Good Morning Britain after refusing to apologise to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex following a scathing attack on claims made by her about the Royal Family.
Now, the former Britain’s Got Talent judge has described United Airlines as “woke warriors” and has sarcastically suggested that their next recruitment operation could be “blind pilots”.
In a statement released by the Chicago based organisation, the airline said: “Our flight deck should reflect the diverse group of people onboard our planes every day”.
It went on to add: “That’s why we plan for 50% of the 5,000 pilots we train in the next decade to be women or people of colour.”
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United continued: “Over the next decade, United will train 5,000 pilots who will be guaranteed a job with United, after they complete the requirements of the Aviate program – and our plan is for half of them to be women and people of colour.
“We’re excited that JPMorgan Chase has agreed to support our work to diversify our pilot ranks and create new opportunities for thousands of women and people of colour who want to pursue a career in aviation.”
However, Piers simply questioned the announcement, asking, “why?”
The dad-of-four stated that he “doesn’t care” about a pilot’s gender or skin colour as this has no impact on “their ability to fly a plane safely” and the only thing that should be taken into consideration should be their piloting skills.
Writing in his Daily Mail column, the former newspaper editor added: “I don’t care who makes this happen in the cockpit, so long as they are extremely well trained, experienced and competent pilots who know exactly what they’re doing.”
He went on to type: “Currently 20% of United’s pilots are made up of women or people of colour, suggesting there has been absolutely no impediment to people from either of those groups becoming pilots for the airline if they want to, and are good enough.
“So, what is the need to bring in some 50% quota just to tick some ridiculous virtue-signalling box, with the obvious risk to safety if skill at flying a plane is no longer the key criteria to pilot selection?”
Piers questioned that if the “vast majority” of United Airlines pilots have been white males in the past, who have maintained an excellent safety record, why are they now being “discriminated against”.
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He then referenced Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who said that safety is no longer a concern for airlines who are now thinking of “identity politics”.
Continuing his rant, Piers said: “The woke tyranny that’s swept through corporate America is now forcing companies like United into making these asinine, potentially deadly decisions purely to appease the woke mob.”
United’s latest scheme will ensure that the United Aviate Academy will recruit and train 5,000 new pilots by the end of the decade, with at least half of these being women or people of colour.
Following backlash on social media, the aviation giant who flies across the globe, as well as operating domestic flights within the United States, said: “All the highly qualified candidates we accept into the academy, regardless of race or sex, will have met or exceeded the standards we set for admittance.”
Currently, twenty per cent of the pilot workforce for United is made up of women and people of colour, with the company, alongside JPMorgan Chase, putting aside $2.4 million to support those who may not have had the opportunity to take up such a career.
Piers’ column comes as United participated in attacking Georgia’s lawmakers over the State’s electoral form.
Hitting out at the lawmakers, United Airlines used their social media platform and said: “Our mission is to connect people and unite the world.
“We believe that one of the most effective ways to do this is to engage in the democratic process, which begins with voting – a vital civic duty.
“Legislation that infringes on the right to vote of fellow Americans is wrong.”