Tell us a bit about who you are and what you do at easyJet
Hi! I’m Callum – I’m a First Officer with easyJet. Since starting with easyJet almost three years ago I have been based in Glasgow, which is home for me. Prior to becoming an airline pilot, I was a sales manager for a large and well-known automotive retailer in Glasgow. I travelled a lot in my previous job, sometimes as a passenger with easyJet. I would dream of one day flying the plane for myself!
Where’s your favourite destination to fly to and why?
That’s a tough one! We have quite a mix of flying out of Glasgow, from short and snappy hops to Belfast and back (around 25 minutes flight time), to longer days out down to the Canaries or Greece, for example. My favourite airport to land into so far, however, would have to be Lisbon in Portugal. The approach to the northerly runway gives an unrivalled view of the Vasco da Gama bridge if you’re sitting on the right-hand side of the aircraft. Another approach I enjoy flying is into Venice. You can clearly see the many water taxis underneath us on approach.
This month is Pride Month across Europe. What does that mean to you?
While Pride is about celebrating and embracing diversity, acceptance, community and inclusion, it is also an opportunity for us to show our continued solidarity and defiance to our peers and allies globally. We must continue to pave the way for LGBTQ+ people’s rights in today’s (and tomorrow’s) world. While we are privileged to be able to live our lives freely in the UK, the same cannot be said in other countries or communities across the world, where it remains illegal to be gay. Sadly, we are still widely discriminated against here too – 20% of LGBTQ+ people in the UK have experienced a hate crime or incident in the last 12 months relating to their sexual orientation. Until these facts are statistics of the past, Pride will be a relevant and essential part of our culture.
Rather importantly, 2022 also marks 50 years since the first Pride march, which took place in Trafalgar Square in London!
How will you be celebrating Pride?
This year I am attending Pride celebrations with some good friends of mine in Manchester. I haven’t been to Manchester Pride before, so I’m really looking forward to it. Manchester is one of my favourite cities.
We are always striving to create an inclusive environment for everyone – what does this look and feel like for you?
In my view, inclusivity is to treat everybody equally and without prejudice regardless of their individual diversity. I have always felt as if I can be myself at easyJet without feeling like I have to ‘tone down’ or hide certain parts of myself or my life. After all, being gay is only a small part of who I am! I can be completely open with my colleagues which is great, as everybody feels relaxed enough to talk about their personal lives throughout the course of the day. As easyJet crew we have a good balance of having fun at work while remaining professional. It’s a great place to work and I love my job.
What does good allyship look like to you?
To me, an ally is somebody who treats everybody fairly and equally without prejudice, judgement or assumption, therefore enabling and encouraging an open and honest environment whereby we can all feel motivated and excited to be part of a team. I feel that we all have the opportunity to make a positive impact on others throughout the day.
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