Pilot’s tirade against flight attendants blocks air traffic communication

A Southwest Airlines pilot has learned a lesson that a lot of old — and often, former — radio people could have taught him: Always check that the microphone is off.

The pilots comments about the lack of available dating partners among flight attendants, was broadcast to the entire air traffic control universe.

“Think of the odds of that. I thought I was in Chicago, which was Party Land. After that, it was a continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes,” the pilot said.

The pilot would’ve been better off if he’d simply forgotten to land at his intended destination.

The airline announced the pilot was suspended, and has since been reinstated after undergoing “diversity training.”

The Dallas Morning News’ aviation blog has an mp3 of the broadcast here. It’s R-rated.

During the tirade, other pilots who weren’t interested in the aviation dating scene could not properly communicate with air traffic controllers.

  • Shane

    That could have been a lot worse if someone actually needed to get in contact with air traffic controllers.

    You would think that by this time we would have the technology to be able to override open channels. Maybe we do?

  • CHS

    Shane, that technology does exist, it just depends on what system is being used for communications. Bob will have to answer the question about ATC, I can only speak to some of the technologies employed by EMS agencies and such.

  • RadioNed

    Lesson learned. I need a “Draft” folder for my mouth.