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Southwest Airline Pilot’s Anti-Liberal Rant Caught On Open Mike

There are lots of rules that govern the handling of aircraft by its pilots and rule No. 1 of wearing a microphone is: Always assume it’s a hot one.

Secondly, politics in the cockpit is never a good idea.  A Southwest Airlines pilot found that out the hard way after his rant against liberals and a certain car manufacturer got picked up by air traffic control.

From travel site One Mile at a Time, the audio from March 13 was first flagged by private pilot Will Lawton, who often listens in on ATC communications out of San Jose International Airport. He tweeted that a “very unprofessional pilot” was suffering from “stuck mic” while taxiing for takeoff and shared the clip.

In the audio (starting at around 20:52 in Live ATC’s archived version), the pilot announces the flight is “ready to go” before launching into some less-routine wording: “Fuck this place, goddamn liberal fuckers. Fucking weirdos, probably driving around in fucking Hyundais.”

The pilot then adds that “you don’t have balls unless you’re fucking rolling coal, man,” which HuffPost notes refer to the act of spitting out black exhaust from one’s vehicle—what some proudly call a “Prius repellant.”

After one final expletive, the audio then shifts to more standard conversations related to flight operations. ABC7 notes that the pilot’s diatribe wasn’t heard by the plane’s passengers, but locals say the recording is concerning. “I would be very scared to hear a pilot saying that. Especially with everything that’s been going on,” one tells the outlet.

A Federal Aviation Administration rep says in a statement that pilots aren’t permitted to chat about things not related to handling the airplane while taxiing. Lawton pegged the flight in question as a Southwest plane based on other audio, and Southwest verified that to SFGate, noting the pilot’s remarks were “inconsistent” with the professionalism it expects from its employees, and that it’s “fully addressing the situation internally.” (Read more Southwest Airlines stories.)

Edited from Newser.

 

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One Response to Southwest Airline Pilot’s Anti-Liberal Rant Caught On Open Mike

  1. Glenn Geist Reply

    March 27, 2021 at 10:53 am

    Since, sometime in the 80s, I believe, there has been a FAA “sterile cockpit” or Sterile flight deck rule. for a certain period before and after takeoff and landing, and at under 10,000 feet, their may not be any conversation not directly to reading checklists or communications with the tower and flying the plane. He could lose his job over this as any minor distraction puts hundreds of lives in immediate danger. It’s very serious.

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