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Southwest Pilot Caught on Live Mic Ranting About “Bay Area F—ing Weirdos”

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Ahhhhh Yes! This is what the internet was made for.

Apparently a pilot for Southwest was flying over the Bay Area when he was recorded over the Mineta San Jose International Airport’s air traffic control scanner, going off on an absolutely incredible rant. The website One Mile at a Time got ahold of this recording from March 13, 2021 and it is truly a gem. Here’s what One Mile at a Time says,

In this audio clip you can hear a pilot ranting about San Jose, as he seemingly has a stuck mic that everyone on the frequency can hear. It’s hard to make sense of what exactly the pilot’s point is (especially since we only hear one side of the conversation, given the hot mic), but here’s what I’m understanding:

    • “Fuck this place, goddamn liberal fucks”
    • “Eight guns out here somewhere as it is”
    • “Fucking weirdos, probably driving around in fucking Hyundais, fucking roads and shit that go slow as fuck
    • “You don’t have balls unless you’re fucking rolling coal man, goddamnit”

My favorite part is his obsession with Hyundais. Like, who has beef with Hyundais? You can listen to the recording right here.

Yesterday Freda Moon at SFGate confirmed that the pilot was in fact from Southwest Airlines. It was originally thought so by Will Lawton, the private pilot based out of SJC who initially reported the rant. Subsequently a spokesperson for Southwest did not identify the pilot, but confirmed to SFGate that he was one of theirs and that they were “fully “addressing the situation internally.”

You can read the rest of the SFGate story right here.

I love this kind of shit!


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  1. NotGettingCaughtUp
    April 1, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    I have a nut job that rants all day and complains about f*cking liberals.
    They are idiots, not conservative that they think they are. I’ve had sensible even keeled conservative friends. And they don’t go on a pointless tirade full of hate. These idiot trumpsters that emerged similar to Alex Jones are fascistic, full of hate and ignorance, unable to see the big picture, or grasp the complex reality.
    They live to hate, and blame others for their inability to accept the world as it is, and work on their own lives, instead they look to external source to blame. And do nothing to improve their lives.

  2. NotGettingCaughtUp
    April 1, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    There’s no 2 political party, there’s corporate interest that governs the government. Politicians are the mouth piece that explains away, and give excuses as to why large corporations deserves welfare and cushy treatments more than the folks living in poverty that aren’t getting paid a living wage. This applies to the masses, yet the masses fail to understand this dynamic, while clutching onto their blind political beliefs.

    The worse have yet to come:
    America is have been gutted/compromised over the years by foreign actors.
    Trump was groomed by Russian agents long before he took office in the white house. Foreign intelligence passed this on, yet nothing was done to prevent or prosecute. Hillary was left alone as well.

    The bottom line is many major screw ups could’ve been prevented, if the agencies jumped the tips they’ve been given time and time again. Instead there’s been pattern suppression, including shutting down whistle blowers that speaks up to make things right. Until the truth it’s valued and the ones trying make things right aren’t suppressed, the screw ups will continue.

  3. Roy Jordan
    April 1, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    “Bla, Bla, Wolf, Wolf” (Jimi Hendrix)