Tucker Carlson has accused an airline of “suffering from an incurable brain disease called wokeness” after it announced a recruitment drive to hire more women and people of colour as pilots.
The controversial Fox News host claimed that United Airlines, which has launched the initiative via its Unite Aviate training academy, was more concerned with “identity politics” than safety.
The US carrier announced that it was aiming to hire 10,000 new pilots by 2030, half of which would be women and/or people of colour, to “diversify the cockpit”.
The Academy is currently accepting applications on its website, which states: “Today, United has one of the most diverse pilot populations of any US carrier with nearly 20 per cent of our pilot group made up of women and people of colour.
“We are working toward raising that number even higher by partnering with diversity-led organisations and continuing to remove gender and racial barriers.
“And we’re going one step further with plans for 50 per cent of United Aviate Academy students being women and people of colour to ensure our students reflect the diversity of the customers and communities we serve…