Southwest pilot suspended for on-air rant

A Houston-based Southwest Airline pilot was suspended after accidentally tying up air traffic control airwaves with a description of his flight attendant co-workers that was laced with profanity and homophobic slurs.

During the March 25 rant, the pilot assessed the date-ability of his crew for his co-pilot. “There’s 12 flight attendants. … Eleven (expletive) over the top (expletive), (expletive) homosexuals and a granny,” he said, going on to make repeated disparaging remarks about the crew’s sexual orientation, weight and age.

The pilot didn’t realize that his microphone was stuck and he was broadcasting his comments to other pilots and air traffic controllers, according to a statement released by the Federal Aviation Administration. Pilots within certain altitude guidelines over the entire geographic area were unable to communicate with Houston Center air traffic control for the entire four-minute duration of his rant.

FAA supervisors forwarded a tape of the episode to Southwest Airlines to take action against the pilot.

Today, the pilot was suspended and forced to apologize to his co-workers.

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