Pilot Suspended for Broadcasting Crude Rant
Southwest pilot's mic was stuck as he complained about 'gays, grannies'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2011 2:28 AM CDT
Updated Jun 23, 2011 6:28 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A Southwest Airlines pilot was suspended without pay after he accidentally broadcast a rant about his failure to score with the airline's flight attendants to dozens of air traffic controllers and fellow pilots. The airline hires a "continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes," the man told his co-pilot, complaining that he wasn't getting any in his previous posting to Chicago and had now been relocated to Houston, "which is easily one of the ugliest bases." His cockpit microphone was stuck, causing his rant, filled with expletives and anti-gay slurs, to be broadcast on an air traffic control channel over a wide area, blocking the frequency.

Controllers were able to cut off his microphone after a few minutes, after which other commercial pilots checking in with controllers were keen to let them know that they weren't the ranter. "And they wonder why airline pilots have a bad reputation," one pilot said. Southwest says the pilot is back in the air after receiving diversity training, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The Southwest flight attendants' union is considering complaining to the Equal Opportunities Commission.

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WaltSchneider
Jun 23, 2011 6:29 PM CDT
Yeah Southwest really went downhill when they got rid of their Honey Roasted Peanuts. Maybe this idiot should think about applying at MILF Airways or something.
energylifedesign
Jun 23, 2011 5:13 PM CDT
I hate men! Who would want to f*ck a prick like that anyway! No wonder so many women are gay! They want a gentleman and you can't find that in men anymore.
Scallywagandvagabond
Jun 23, 2011 3:23 PM CDT
This is a private conversation made public– the kind that makes us wonder how much discrimination lives on in subtle ways in our hyper-P.C. climate. If I was a Southwest flight attendant, I might be surprised to hear what was coming out of my pilot’s mouth, but that doesn’t mean I should listen. To repeat one of my favorite RuPaul-ism, what other people think about us is none of our business. http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2011/06/southwest-airline-pilot-broadcasts-rant-against-gay-flight-attendants-accidentally/