An academic was upset with the Qantas after a flight attendant called her ‘Miss’ rather than ‘Doctor’ during her trip.
Dr Siobhan O’Dwyer, an Australian, currently working in the UK, took to social media to express her disappointment.
She tweeted: “Hey Qantas, my name is Dr O’Dwyer. My ticket says Dr O’Dwyer. Do not look at my ticket, look at me, look back at my ticket, decide it’s a typo and call me Miss O’Dwyer. I did not spend 8 years at university to be called Miss.”
The post soon became a topic for discussion as many people pitched in their views. Understandably, some thought it was an ego boost, while, there were still a few who argued it’s disrespectful not to call her doctor.
Other female academics have tweeted to show their support to the doctor.
Dr Mel Thomson wrote: “You have all of the solidarity on this issue.
“I’m first gen to finish high school (let alone get several degrees) in my family … I’ll be damned is some trolley dolly gets to decide what honorific I get called, FFS.”
However, what people picked up in the tweet was the doctor calling someone a ‘trolley dolly’.
One air steward tweeted: “Please don’t refer to us as trolley dollies. We may not have completed a PhD however we are required by law 2 maintain qualsthat enable us to evacuate an aircraft in 90 secs, keep you alive in-flight, prevent hijacking, put out fires etc.”
She added: “I have always used the correct honorific. And I have always been especially careful to ensure I used it when I saw it on a woman’s boarding pass as I was proud to be able to support the woman and her achievements in a male-centric world.
“You’ve just gone and sh*t on that with your condescending comment about us.”
Meanwhile, the airline stood by the cabin crew and said in a statement: “We are extremely proud of our cabin crew who respectfully serve our customers day in and day out and play a vital safety role.”
After the tweet went viral, Dr O’Dwyer took to social media once more to say she had been ‘copping so much flak’ for her Twitter complaint
She said: “This was not about my ego. It was about highlighting one of a thousand instances of sexism that women encounter every day.
“It’s not about the title, it’s about the fact that this wouldn’t have happened if I was a man.”
People divided over her reasoning of the incident – some people have said she’s making a mountain out of a molehill, other say it was simply sexism.
One man said: “Your tweet is exactly about ego. How many male doctors write tweets to Qantas complaining they get called Mr & not Dr ? If they did, they would cop exactly same the responses as you.”
Another person argues: “Why don’t the trolls understand that it’s about equality?”