Pilot fired for saucy language...now with full audio.

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Houston Pilot Suspended For Slurs, Swearing Over Air Traffic Radio

By Stephen Dean
POSTED: Tuesday, June 21, 2011
UPDATED: 6:15 pm CDT June 22, 2011





HOUSTON -- A Houston-based airline pilot has been suspended after his cockpit microphone became stuck, allowing an obscenity-laced rant to be broadcast over hundreds of miles, Local 2 Investigates reported Tuesday.



Air traffic controllers in Houston first alerted Federal Aviation Administration supervisors on March 25, 2011, around 1:30 p.m. and those supervisors forwarded a tape of the episode to Southwest Airlines to take action against the pilot.

The Southwest Airlines pilot, who was not identified by the FAA or the airline, could be heard talking to his co-pilot in the cockpit, expressing frustration over the airline hiring so many flight attendants that he found to be unsuitable for dating.

"A continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes," the pilot said over the Houston Center air traffic control frequency, which covers hundreds of miles over Texas.

Pilots within certain altitude guidelines over that entire geographic area were unable to communicate with Houston Center air traffic controllers for the entire four-minute duration of his conversation since his headset microphone was stuck.

"Eleven (expletive) over-the-top (expletive) ass (expletive) homosexuals and a granny," the pilot said as he complained to his co-pilot about the lack of flight attendants who caught his interest.

His co-pilot then responded inside the cockpit about one of those groups, but his response could not be heard on the recording. It is unclear whether the co-pilot refers to people who are gay, or people who are older, or people who are overweight, and the pilot is then heard responding, "Well I don't give a (expletive). I hate 100 percent of their (expletive)."

The pilot used a slur against gay flight attendants, saying he had gone to a bar with a group of flight attendants. He described that trip to the bar by saying, "Once with the granny and the (derogatory term) and I wish I hadn't gone."

In a statement issued to Local 2 Investigates about the ordeal, the FAA wrote the following.

"On March 25, 2011, about two-and-a-half minutes of conversation that included offensive language and disparaging characterizations of certain groups and individuals was transmitted on an FAA air traffic control frequency as the result of a stuck microphone in an aircraft cockpit. An air-traffic controller in the Houston Air Route Traffic Control Center alerted all of the airplanes on the frequency to check for a stuck microphone and indicated that the conversation being broadcast was inappropriate over the air. The FAA determined that the broadcast likely came from a Southwest Airlines flight and sent an audio recording of the conversation to the airline for further action. The incident occurred during a phase of flight in which personal conversations are permitted in the cockpit. Nevertheless, the FAA expects a higher level of professionalism from flight crews, regardless of the circumstances."

Cece Cox, the CEO of Resource Center Dallas, which advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues in the city where Southwest Airlines is based, said, "This individual has made statements that are anti-woman, anti-age, and anti-gay in a way that can't be disputed and they're hateful and they're damaging to the employees of Southwest Airlines as well as consumers of Southwest Airlines."

She also said, "I hope it's an isolated incident. I hope they look and see what's happening in their culture because clearly this incident shows that there's something happening in this culture that allowed this person to make those kind of remarks and exhibit this kind of hostility, discrimination, and hate," she said, adding that means people who were targeted in this rant may not feel safe flying with the airline.

Southwest Airlines responded by saying the pilot was suspended without pay, but the airline would not say how long that suspension lasted.

Airline spokesperson Brandy King declined to answer questions about the punishment, saying the airline considers it a "family matter."

In an email, King wrote, "We are committed and dedicated to maintaining the highest standard of ethics in the industry; in fact we’ve built our Company’s reputation on the Golden Rule: treating others as you would like to be treated. The actions of this Pilot are, without question, inconsistent with the professional behavior and overall respect that we require from our Employees. The Pilot in question has been addressed by Leadership and was suspended without pay. Prior to being reinstated, he underwent additional diversity education to reinforce the Company's expectations for all Employees to demonstrate respect for others. The pilot has formally apologized to FAA Controllers and his base Leadership. He will continue to undergo regular diversity and inclusion education as part of his recurrent training."

The Resource Center's Cox reacted to the punishment, saying, "I'm glad to hear that Southwest seems to be addressing the issue. I wouldn't want to see (sensitivity) training used as a punitive measure after someone does a bad deed. I hope that their training is sufficient that their people are prepared in advance for how to be inclusive in the workplace."

Local 2 Investigates obtained the recording from the FAA through the federal Freedom of Information Act, and the entire recording has been posted online (with expletives covered).

An air traffic controller attempted on several occasions to play tones over the Houston Center radio frequency or interrupt the pilot so that he would hear over a different radio that his microphone was stuck.

In one exchange, the air traffic controller said, "Okay, whoever is transmitting better watch what you're saying."

However, the pilot never realized his conversation was being broadcast and he continued.

While referring to certain flight attendants, the pilot said, "I still wouldn't want anyone to know if I had banged them."

He then took aim at the Southwest flight attendants based in Houston, saying, "Now I'm back in Houston, which is easily where the ugliest base is. I mean it's all these (expletive) old dudes and grannies and there's like maybe a handful of cute chicks."

One married male flight attendant, who spoke to Local 2 Investigates on the condition of anonymity, reacted by saying, "It's disturbing. Actually, it's embarrassing. It's an embarrassment."

The flight attendant said most of his colleagues go to work because it's a job.

"We don't go there to see who all we can (have sex with). It's a job. We go there to make money. We don't go there to party," he said.

Local 2 Investigates requested all documentation from the FAA about the incident, but those forms do not list the name of the pilot involved and efforts to determine his identity were unsuccessful.

He remains on the job and flying routes for Southwest Airlines.

After the pilot's microphone finally disengaged, other airline pilots then broadcast messages to Houston Center air traffic controllers, trying to catch up on flight instructions that they were unable to exchange during the broadcast.

One pilot exchanged instructions with the controller and ended his transmission by saying, "And that was not us."

The controller acknowledged his message and then that pilot replied, "And they wonder why airline pilots have a bad reputation."

A second airline pilot then exchanged flight instructions with controllers and punctuated his transmission by saying, "…and it wasn't us either."

The air traffic controller then answered, "Roger, I didn't think that was you."

Cox, with the Resource Center, said, "Southwest could reach out to the GLBT community, which I hope it does. I'm going to get on some Southwest planes this summer with my family. I'd like to know that I'm as valued as every other customer that walks onto that plane. I know that there are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees who work for Southwest, and when they hear these remarks, they're probably not going to feel very valued or safe at their workplace and I hope Southwest responds to that."

Local 2 Investigates transcribed the contents of the entire recording as follows:

Air Traffic Controller - (ATC) "United 242, you (center up)"

(Stuck microphone begins) Southwest Pilot: "Well, I had Tucson to Indy all four weeks and, uh, Chicago crews…11 out of 12 …there’s 12 flight attendants, individual, never the same flight attendant twice.

"Eleven (expletive) over the top (expletive), (expletive) homosexuals and a granny." (silence)

"Eleven. I mean, think of the odds of that. I thought I was in Chicago, which was party-land."

(Possible attempt to interrupt by ATC)

Southwest Pilot: "After that, it was just a continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes…" (off mic from his copilot - inaudible)

Pilot answers: "Well I don’t give a (expletive). I hate 100 percent of their (expletive)."

"So, six months, I went to the bar three times. In six months, three times." (Another possible attempt to interrupt by ATC)

"Once with the granny and the (slur against gay people), and I wish I hadn’t gone."

"At the very end with two girls, one of them that was part do-able, but we ended up going to the bar and then to the crew at St. Louis, and all these two women wanted to do was, one wanted to berate her sister and the other wanted to bitch about her husband."

"Literally, for three hours, me and the F.O. (First officer). When that was done, got back to my room, I’m like why the (expletive) did I stay up?"

ATC: "OK, whoever is, uh, transmitting, better watch what you’re saying."

(Tones beeping)

Southwest Pilot continues: "They’re still both (inaudible), you know what I mean? I still wouldn’t want anyone to know if I had banged them."

(Tones beeping)

"So, I mean it was a complete disaster for six months."

"Now I’m back in Houston, which is easily where the ugliest base is. I mean it’s all these (expletive) old dudes and grannies and there’s like maybe a handful of cute chicks."

ATC: "OK, someone’s got a stuck mic and, uh, telling us all about their endeavors. We don’t need to hear that."

(Stuck microphone episode ends)

(Silence)

(Five seconds later, other commercial pilots check in with controllers)

"Uh, Houston, Skywest 6285, we're (gives numbers for his heading) ...and that was not us."

ATC: (Chuckles) "Skywest 6285, Houston Center: Roger, Climb and maintain flight level 360."

Skywest pilot: "360, Skywest 6285….And they wonder why airline pilots have a bad reputation."

(ATC calls another plane with instructions.)

(Aircraft answers)

ATC: "Number 7 Hotel Bravo: (gives instructions) Final 240."

Aircraft answers "7 Hotel Bravo.....And it wasn’t us either." (beeping times 2)

ATC: 'Roger, I didn’t think that was you." (Recording ends)

If you have a news tip or question for KPRC Local 2 Investigates, drop them an e-mail or call their tipline at (713) 223-TIPS (8477).

Copyright 2011 by Click2Houston.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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I guess we know what will be on O&A Thursday.
 

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When did Anthony get his pilot's liscense? A hot mic incident never ends well. This guy will have to go on the "Drink Cum Apology Tour 2011" with Tracy Morgan.
 

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After takeoff, the pilot turned on the PA and said, "Good evening, we will be flying at 30,000 feet for 5 hours and will be passing over the Grand Canyon in 30 minutes, blah blah blah. Have a nice flight." He hung up the mic but didn't turn off the PA. He said to the co-pilot, "Well, I think I'll go take a shit and then fuck that new stewardess." It goes all over the airplane. The flight attendant says oh my God and runs for the cockpit, trips, and falls in the aisle. An old lady says to her, "What's your rush, sweetie? He said he was gonna take a shit first."

/Gene Tracy joke
 

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I think this guy will get suspended for a day or two...
 

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That's fucking great. Whoopsie!
 

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Yeah, you can't really disagree with anything he said.
 

MayrMeninoCrash

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He does speak the truth. Flight attendants these days are pretty rough in the looks department.
This. My neighbor is a United Flight Attendant and she was probably hot 20 years ago, but 20 years of tanning beds and she's turned into a piece of blond haired dried shoe leather. I doubt even Fezman would have a go at that beef jerky pussy.
 

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"You know, I wouldn't be suprised if there wasn't some trouble about this."
 

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I can't believe O&A didn't cover this yesterday.
 
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this thread

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Oh, so that's where my avatar comes from.
 

BIV

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A mod gave it to me and I kept it because I thought it was funny. Never knew.
 

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Shocking.

Southwest Flight Attendants May Sue Over Pilot's "Gays, Grannies & Grandes" Rant
By Chris Morran on June 23, 2011 5:15 PM

Yesterday, an unnamed Southwest Airlines pilot made headlines when it was discovered he'd accidentally broadcast his complaints about the lack of straight, slender, young hotties working as flight attendants for the airline to Houston air traffic control and anyone else listening in. Not surprisingly, the attendants — regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation or bangability — are not pleased.

In an online statement, the Southwest Airlines flight attendants' union said it is looking into its legal options after the airline suspended then reinstated the pilot after he had his mind blown by diversity training.

"Flight attendants at Southwest Airlines are deeply disappointed and angered by the insensitive, and unprofessional comments demeaning flight attendants," the union wrote in an online statement. "We also are dismayed by the response from Southwest Airlines' management... The official response from Southwest's spokespeople and leaders has only added 'insult to injury.'

"We have instructed our attorneys today to investigate the possibility of filing an EEOC charge with the federal government. We hope not to have to go that route, and instead, we are counting on Southwest Airlines to remedy this injustice. Bigotry in the workplace is bad business and unacceptable behavior on the ground and at 30,000 feet."

Southwest's VP of Flight Operations issued a video apology to employees and customers: "What he said is offensive and inconsistent with the professional behavior and overall respect we require from all employees. He knows what he did cannot happen again."
 

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Fucking ponderous. This culture of wanting damages over words is ridiculous. Slander is one thing, but he never mentioned anyone by name. What a bunch of faggots. Wait, what?
 

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I see that he's keeping his job, which is good because I can't fly a plane.

And this lawsuit shit is retarded (see what I did?), you can't sue because your feelings got hurt.

"We have instructed our attorneys today to investigate the possibility of filing an EEOC charge with the federal government. We hope not to have to go that route, and instead, we are counting on Southwest Airlines to remedy this injustice. Bigotry in the workplace is bad business and unacceptable behavior on the ground and at 30,000 feet."
Yes, that is some unprofessional shit to do at work, and he wasn't bright enough to make sure the button wasn't stuck, but these motherfuckers want that pilot fired.

I just figure he should have to sit through some awful sensitivity classes for the next six months. That'll learn him to make sure that mic is off before you talk shit.
 

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"Now those fucking queers and fatties and grandmas are trying to sue my ass. Fuck."

"Uh, Southwest 1034, you've got a hot mic again."
 

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I can't believe O&A didn't cover this yesterday.
Same here. Was so looking forward to Ant doing his cockpit voice. I'm thinking they had it on the prep sheet, but ran out of time, because the bit they played after the Shit Show was an old one of him doing the voice.