March 26, 2021
A Southwest Airlines pilot might be in some trouble after being recorded over an air traffic control scanner as he unleashed his fury on the San Francisco Bay Area while taxiing on a local runway, referring to the residents as “liberal f***s” and “f***ing weirdos.”
What are the details?
“F*** this place, goddamn liberal f***s,” the unidentified pilot says, according to the dictation of the San Francisco Gate.
He adds, “F***ing weirdos, probably driving around in f***ing Hyundais, f***ing roads and s*** that go slow as f***” and, “You don’t have balls unless you’re f***ing rolling coal, man, goddamn it.”
The Daily Mail suggested the last comment was “presumably comparing electric-powered cars to traditional gas-powered ones.”
The March 12 tirade at Mineta San Jose International Airport was first reported by OneMileAtaTime.com, and is archived at LiveATC.net.
A spokesperson for the airport said of the audio, “This communication is very unprofessional, and I have forwarded the communication to the FAA.”
The FAA is now involved, issuing a statement saying that they are “investigating communications that an airline pilot made while taxiing at Mineta San Jose International Airport,” noting that “the FAA also reported the incident to the airline.”
The Gate discovered that the airline in question is Southwest, and the company confirmed that it was one of their pilots caught on the hot mic.
“Our 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,” a Southwest spokesman told the newspaper in a statement. “This situation was an isolated incident involving a single Employee and not representative of the nearly 60,000 hardworking, respectful People of Southwest Airlines.”
The San Francisco Bay Area is, indeed, known for being liberal.
The Mail pointed out that a “March 2014 report by political scientists Chris Tausanovitch and Christopher Warshaw titled ‘Representation in Municipal Government’ ranks San Francisco as the most liberal city of at least 250,000 people in the United States, based on public policy preferences,” and “Oakland, another city in the Bay Area, ranks fourth in the same report.”
The city of San Francisco’s mayor and entire Board of Supervisors are Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) owns a home in the city, and until just weeks ago, so did Vice President Kamala Harris.