Should diversity and inclusion really be a part of the FAA? 

January 15 – The Federal Aviation Administration is looking to increase the federal government’s diversity footprint by hiring workers with physical and mental disabilities. 

According to the FAA’s website, the disabilities include hearing, vision, missing extremities, partial paralysis, complete paralysis, epilepsy, severe intellectual disability, psychiatric disability and dwarfism.

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “I don’t want them in the booth when it comes to severe intellectual and psychiatric disabilities. I want the best of the best bringing my plane in or wondering what’s going on in the skies out here.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted these decisions are “tied to the equity ideology that’s being forced on all of us, whether it’s through academia and obviously our younger generation is being – it’s hard not to use the word brainwashed – but at least indoctrinated into this. We have to look to see who’s the oppressor and who’s the oppressed. You can forget the details, as long as you have that, who colonized who according to this equity ideology, you know who you’re going to support and who you’re going to decry. President Biden has made equity executive orders to cover every branch of government. They’re pointing out that this equity statement is within the FAA. When it comes to hiring other so called oppressed groups, you worry that they’re lowering the standards when they do this, because that has what they’ve done across the board in order to get the right numbers of the right oppressed groups. This line kills me on the FAA website. The agency claims that people with severe mental and physical disabilities are the most underrepresented segment of the federal workforce. Well, I would hope so. I would hope that would be true for any workforce. Why? Because I hate disabled people? No, it’s because many severe mental and physical disabilities don’t allow you to perform the job to the level it needs to be performed and certainly when it comes to keeping planes in the air, or having someone operate on you. You realize this is the real danger, but it’s dangerous for any practice of a workforce if you’re going to put that head of ability to do the job.”

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “This FAA story is very disturbing because you don’t want people that are not qualified doing air traffic control or a pilot or any other aspect of that operation. You want the most qualified people you can find, doesn’t matter what they look like, or how they identify. I think it’s very disturbing if the FAA would start to mandate DEI initiatives in the airline industry, because there truly, truly are public safety concerns there. So that is very disturbing.”