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I mostly only say that because it was a funny way to end a sentence, I don't have anything prepared, but - it's a job that above all else, requires two basic things; a propensity for extensive rote learning of methodical sequences of events, and a lot of fucking money. Some mental acuity and skill is required, but not as much as most people assume - basically a successful pilot is someone who really, really likes boring checklists and has rich parents. And that combination really only really breeds one personality, which is uptight, stubborn, snooty, and deeply uncreative.
You can't just spring a new loading plan on a pilot, no matter how well or how clearly you explain why it's better this way, if it appears to them that your decision didn't take four weeks of planning and a strict cross-reference of "The Rules", they will shut down. You might think a pilot should be able to think on their feet, but they really can't, and aren't trained to - every emergency situation is rehearsed, is enacted step by step.
That in itself doesn't make them bad, but take that rigidness, that inability to accept that there might be more than one method to reach the same result, or, god forbid, a better result entirely than the one they're familiar with - combine that with a privileged upbringing, a set of parents willing to drop 120 grand on their kid's training for a job, then combine that with society's view of that job as an aspirational, elevated position - and you end up dealing with largely middle aged men with the minds of spoiled children who would throw a fit if you try to embellish their bedtime story instead of reading it word for word.
I was too hasty to say "all" pilots, some are actually great, you can usually tell straight away the ones who are in it because they just fucking love planes, and you can certainly tell the ones who took a loan out to fund their licenses (though even those ones can sometimes turn into cunts by the time they're actually flying)
These nice ones aren't necessarily rare, but they're certainly outnumbered and overshadowed by their self-important, and often quite clueless counterparts. The bad ones have no interest or knowledge whatsoever of the operation beyond their flight deck - they know how to drive the plane pretty well but sit on the ground, angrily confused as to why you have to find and remove a passengers bag if the passenger isn't travelling, completely unaware of the mechanisms or even just logic involved in the whole process.
I think 'entitled' is a very overused word to describe difficult people, but there is no better substitute here.
I might sound bitter, angry, or even jealous here - I swear I'm not. I've never had an argument with a pilot, it's not worth the effort. They tried to throw their weight around when I was new, demanding to speak to my supervisor. But if I actually ever gave them my supervisors number to call, or passed them my radio, they would always back down immediately. It doesn't take very long at all to lose respect for people who act like that, and it is, unfortunately, a great many of them - and certain airlines seem to breed it worse than others, I can't say I'm too cut up about BA pilots losing their jobs, put it that way.