Southwest Pilot’s Rant Against Bay Area Caught on Hot Mic
A Southwest Airlines pilot went on a curse filled rant about Bay Area residents. It was caught on a hot mic and posted online, quickly going viral. The rant was picked up over the Mineta San Jose International Airport’s air traffic control scanner. It was than later posted online at Live ATC, a website that live streams and records air traffic control transmissions. The shocking tirade was not heard over the public address system on the airplane itself. The incident happened on March 13.
The pilot, has not been publicly identified by name by Southwest. He can be heard in the recording beginning to complain about San Francisco residents amid directions from air traffic controllers on weather and runway conditions.
He starts by saying, “f— this place, g–damn liberal f—s,” before being interrupted. But just second later he continues on, saying “eight guns out here somewhere as it is. F—ing weirdos, probably driving around in f—ing Hyundais, f—ing roads and s— that go slow as f—. You don’t have balls unless you’re f—ing rolling coal, man, goddamn it.”
You can hear the recording below, starting around 21:00. Just beware that it has explicit language.
Southwest has confirmed to The Hill that the audio was captured on one of the company’s flights and that the pilot works for Southwest. The airline also said that its “corporate culture is built on a tenet of treating others with concern and dignity and the comments are inconsistent with the professional behavior and overall respect that we require from our employees.” It added that “this situation was an isolated incident involving a single employee and not representative of the nearly 60,000 hardworking, respectful People of Southwest Airlines”
Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Ian Gregor wrote in a statement that “FAA regulations prohibit airline pilots from talking about subjects that are unrelated to safely conducting their flight while taxiing and while flying below 10,000 feet altitude.”