Just before his flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta, an aeronautical university chancellor overhead a conversation between a flight attendant and a woman boarding the plane.
The woman wanted to know if her two kids could visit the cockpit of the Delta Boeing 757, according to a news release from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
“The flight attendant said they could – and that they would be surprised,” chancellor John R. Watret said, according to the university.
Captain Wendy Rexon and her daughter First Officer Kelly Rexon were the pilots behind the controls of a Delta Boeing 757 during a flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta last Saturday and the internet loved it!
Just flew from LAX to ATL on Delta piloted by this mother daughter flight crew. Great flight. Inspiring for you women. pic.twitter.com/4Gk1vHCcZ1
— John R. Watret (@ERAUWatret) March 17, 2019
According to a press release from Embry-Riddle, the tweet meant a great deal to Watret because of the university’s commitment to creating more opportunities for women in all areas of the aviation industry.
“There has to be more diversification in the industry,” Watret said. “It’s crucial and one of the key factors we focus on. When there are more opportunities, everyone wins.”
Only 7 percent of pilots are women, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2017 data obtained by Women in Aviation International. In 2017, 42,694 of 609,306 pilots were women.
Watret’s original tweet received more than 50,000 “likes” and more than 18,000 retweets.