This has always annoyed me. A pilot works in public transportation just like any other bus driver or train conductor. Yet, we treat the airline pilot with respect and forget about the other two - they're just doing their job. Flying an aircraft is a skill. But so is dodging taxis cutting you off at 60 mph and pedestrians jumping in front of you because "you'll stop for them." Why do we continue to put the pilot up on the pedestal? EDIT: People have taken this as the pilot's job is equally as hard as a bus driver's job. I know that's not the case. I'm just trying to get the point across that we take the bus driver for granted. His job is to service our convenience and we repay him by calling him names or saying he sucks at his work. People here have even called them retards. First of all, if you think driving a friggin' bus in the city is easy, then you don't live in a city. Secondly, why do so many people choose to not even acknowledge the bus driver's existence? His job is making your life more convenient. That's why I always thank the bus driver when he let's me off at his stop. So many time he's been caught off guard by it too.