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Midwest Flyers Magazine Defends, Quietly Removes Use Of 'FAGS' In Safety Article

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The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) has reached out to Midwest Flyers Magazine after the magazine published a safety article by Philip Mattison entitled “The Three FAGS Checklist of Floatplane Flying Could Save Your Life!"

FAGS in this case was an acronym for “Flaps, Airspeed, Gears and Seatbelts.” And the magazine’s editor Dave Weiman defended its use as such:

"We apologize if the acronym Mr. Mattison uses for his personal pre-landing checklist offended you in any way, but he created it as a tool so he would remember it. It was not used as a slang term to mean something else, nor in a derogatory sense…

"He is dead serious about the importance of using checklists, and his article was a public confession that he made a mistake that cost him his aircraft and nearly his life… We hope that the positive and constructive use of the acronym distracts from any negative connotation that may be associated with a similar slang term. The true definition of the word according to the dictionary supports the premise that even though checklists may be tedious, they are necessary."

Nevertheless, Steven Moore, Executive Director of the NGPA responded, “There is no difference in using this word than if you were to use any other derogatory remark to reference any other minority, and it is quite disturbing.”

Gays and Lesbians Allied Against Defamation’s Programs and Communications Fellow, Alexandra Bolles, added her thoughts on Mr. Weiman’s defense of the acronym:

“Attempting to reassign the word does not erase the harm it has caused and the power it holds for people who are LGBT. Dave's attempt to discredit and invalidate LGBT readers' responses to the article is reminiscent of the argument [that saying ‘fags’ is okay because it’s also a word for cigarettes or a bundle of sticks].”

The headline of the online article now reads "Flying On Floats or Wheels…. Checklists Could Save Your Life!" It does not include any mention of "FAGS."


See Why Everyone Wants This Flight Attendant on Their Trip: VIDEO

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Start your flight off right with Southwest Airlines queen of comedy Martha 'Marty' Cobb.Her safety announcement aboard a recent trip to Salt Lake City went viral this week - as well it should.

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Two Senior Citizens Fly for the First Time in Adorable Short Documentary: VIDEO

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Ria and An demonstrate that wonder never gets old and it's never too late to face your fears and try something new in this beautiful short documentary from Vodafone.

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Jon Stewart Ruthlessly Mocks CNN for Sucking the Missing Plane Story Dry: VIDEO

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How can CNN continue for day after day of coverage of the missing Malaysia flight MH 370 with absolutely no real news to report? The Daily Show rounded up all the ridiculousness into two bite-sized, hilarious segments.

"CNN actually seems to be bored with the idea of reporting real things that have happened. They've decided they no longer want to be pigeonholed in the non-fiction section. CNN's not the future of news. CNN is news...of the future."

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Jon Stewart Mocks CNN's Preposterous Wall-to-Wall Coverage of Malaysia MH370: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart takes CNN to task for its 24-hour speculative coverage of the missing Malaysian flight (which included, of course, questions about a possible black hole), followed up by CNN's coverage of FOX News' coverage of CNN's coverage of the vanished jet.

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Mika Brzezinski Has Had Enough of Cable News' Factless Speculation About the Vanished Plane: VIDEO

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As cable news networks enter their third week of specualtion and conspiracy theories about Malaysia 370, Mike Brzezinksi has had enough.

"That's actually capitalizing on a non-story for the sake of ratings because people's imaginations are piqued by this and that's not responsible. We did the plane. We will do the plane. It will be done again. We will do the facts."

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