Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

True Tales of an Airline Pilot

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

True Tales of an Airline Pilot

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Confessor: Michele Veillon, pilot, United Airlines

Favorite travel film: "Airplane! What can I say? It's a classic."

Pet peeve: "When passengers stop just outside the Jetway to greet friends and relatives, blocking every other person trying to get off the plane."

Home base: Los Angeles

Is piloting a big boys' club? Less than 6% of commercial airline pilots in the United States are women. The first commercial woman pilot was hired by American Airlines in 1986.We have some catching up to do.

Do you get domestic-partner benefits? Yes, luckily I do,

How do you get along with your girlfriend when you're flying all the time? Believe it or not, being gone every once in while helps keep my relationship spicy. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

Do you secretly worry about crashing? Flying is the safest mode of transportation. You have a better chance of winning the lottery and being struck by lightning on the same day. What is in this crew meal? Now, that is something to worry about! …

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