And you thought
flying the friendly skies was already fraught with stress and danger? Just
In keeping with a new DEI initiative, the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) is actively recruiting workers who suffer from “severe
intellectual” disabilities, psychiatric disorders, and various other mental and
physical conditions. The FAA’s website states: “Targeted disabilities are those
disabilities that the Federal government, as a matter of policy, has identified
for special emphasis in recruitment and hiring. They include hearing, vision,
missing extremities, partial paralysis, complete paralysis, epilepsy, severe intellectual disability,
psychiatric disability, and dwarfism.”
Vision?! Remind me to take
the bus the
train my own vehicle whenever I need to travel anywhere.
The website also avers, “diversity is integral to achieving
FAA’s mission of ensuring safe and efficient travel across our nation and
beyond.” No, diversity is integral to achieving FAA’s mission of meeting
self-imposed diversity requirements. Nothing against those with physical or
mental impediments and challenges, but there is no possible way that, say,
air-traffic controllers with severe intellectual disabilities, complete
paralysis, and hearing and vision impairments will foster safe and efficient
Will the Army soon be recruiting those without legs-- and
with limited vision-- for its infantry battalions in an effort to achieve its
core mission of defeating our enemies on the battlefield? Will mentally ill folks
bring stability and cohesion to the ranks—and the foxholes?
Similarly, will pro sports teams begin
hiring those suffering from missing limbs, partial paralysis, dwarfism, and multiple
personality disorders to increase their odds of winning championships?
Will we let DEI completely supplant
competence and capability as the most favored measure of all things?
If so, perhaps we are all
suffering from severe intellectual and psychiatric disabilities.