Passengers Flee United Flight After "Unstable" Pilot Goes Off On Bizarre Trump, Clinton Rant

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Nearly half the passengers reportedly fled a United Airlines flight before it could take off on Saturday evening after a seemingly disturbed pilot went on a bizarre political and personal rant over the intercom.

As passenger Randy Reiss wrote on Twitter, the pilot dressed in a ball cap and casual shirt remarked on her appearance after she boarded the flight at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in the late afternoon, "Then she says ‘sorry, I’m going through [a] divorce,'” Reiss wrote. “Ummmm uh oh.”

Reiss told BuzzFeed that other passengers even sympathized with her at first. The sympathy quickly changed to dread as her speech veered from her personal life into a string of non sequiturs, at which point the mood aboard the San Francisco-bound jet turned from cozy to uncomfortable, to worse.

“She’s like ‘I don’t care if you voted for Trump or Clinton. They’re both [expletive],” Reiss wrote. He started shaking, he wrote, after the pilot said she was about to take off.  

“So I’ll stop and we’ll fly the airplane,” she says in another passenger’s video. “Don’t worry. I’m going to let my co-pilot fly it. He’s a man.

At this point Reiss got out of his seat, collected his bag and made for the exit. “Half the flight followed my lede,” he wrote.

“Okay, if you don’t feel safe get off the airplane, but otherwise we can go,” the pilot says in the video, still cheerful, as her passengers begin to revolt. “Did I offend you?” she says to someone in first class.

“Disarm the doors,” a flight attendant says.

Reiss posted a photo of a police officer standing by after the pilot followed her passengers back to the terminal. Reiss wrote that she hugged him before they parted. She offered to write a book with him. She had been crying.

After the incident, United Airlines said it was investigating the incident: according to AP, United Airlines spokesman Charlie Hobart confirmed the pilot wasn't in uniform when she boarded the plane Friday. He says another pilot was brought in and the flight was delayed about two hours.

Hobart also confirmed the pilot was the woman shown in videos posted on social media talking to passengers over the intercom. Some people tweeted they were passengers on the flight and that the woman seemed unstable.  Hobart says he didn't immediately have details about the incident, including why the pilot was allowed on the plane in plain clothes or if anyone thought something was amiss before she boarded. He says the company will discuss the incident with the pilot.

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So Close's picture

Where is the sensitivivty to the importance of this woman's emotions?  What is wrong with people.

evoila's picture

discuss the matter? how about can her ass.

847328_3527's picture

"Austin to San Francisco" says it all folks.

piliage's picture

Austin. 300 Square Miles surrounded by reality.

pine_marten's picture

Minneapolis makes Austin look like Omaha.

Handful of Dust's picture

I think she looks familair...wasn't she in DC a few weeks ago?

Ignatius's picture

A dust up with a spouse now becomes national news...

What a world.

YouJustMadeTheList's picture
YouJustMadeTheList (not verified) Ignatius Feb 12, 2017 12:57 PM

[Not so much] Pontius PILOT

knukles's picture

Fly the Friendly Skies, Bitchez!

And in a moment, your stew bitch will be along to gag you and handcuff you to your seat.
You, don't look at me unless I tell you to ....  Or you'll be spanked

So Close's picture

Her husband's divorce attorney's job just got a WHOLE lot easier.

yogibear's picture

For some time society has been declining. She is just a symptom.

Manthong's picture

“Houston, we have a problem”.

Actually, the problem is that there is nothing left of United Airlines there.

United “management” sold out and the airline was gutted by second-rate Continental.

(Houston is the de-facto HQ of Continental united.)


The gate agent should have called operations the moment that pilot checked in at the gate wearing civvies and the co-pilot should have been on the radio the moment she boarded the airplane that way.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Manthong Feb 12, 2017 3:23 PM

Women shouldn't be flying aircraft.  Their hormones make most of them unstable 20% of the time.


risk.averse's picture

A bit unfair of you to generalise but the problem is that hormonal surges etc affect different women in different ways.

Menopausal women are particularly unpredictable. Its almost like madness. I live with one, and it's horrible for her and the rest of us. She won't take medication because of the horror stories regarding side-effects

Richard Chesler's picture

This is Captain Ahole speaking,

O. How many pilots does it take to change a light bulb?

A. None. It's done by the auto pilot.


chubbar's picture

How many divorced men does it take to change a light bulb? Don't know, none have ever been awarded the house. (since we are on the divorce meme here)

philipat's picture

Fortunately, as a non-American, I completely avoid these problems by never getting aboard a United (Or any other US airline) flight in the first place. It[s sad that in the US you don't have much choice.

And now the US carriers want to ban the Asian/ME carriers flying to the US because of "Government subsidies". You can't make this stuff up?

I fly Asian and ME carriers ONLY on international flights because the in-flight service actually has service. I fly frequently between Singapore and Hong Kong, a 3.5 hour flight on either Cathay Pacific or Singapore Airlines (Two of the world's best airlines) in Business Class with a lie-flat seat, great food and good wines included. So, how to compare that to, say NY-LAX/SFO flights?

The problem is, you Americans are prepared to put up with shit service because you have no real choice or competition. Free markets?

MaxThrust's picture

I concure, my wife suffers usually one day of the month. She becomes very argumentative and is looking for a conflict. one day later she is back to normal.

AgShaman's picture

Wow...that's interesting. I thought Menopause was a mental disorder. The 'Urban Dictionary' says it is caused by decades of being guilt tripped by crackpot freudian worshipping lunatics that shame women for enjoying being a woman and having a penis slid inside her "special" region every once in a while.

I think you're right, women got it rough and it's not fair.

Agstacker's picture

It's called a cockpit for a reason.

fleur de lis's picture

Sounds like she had a few drinks before boarding and got all worked up about her divorce.

She probably got that pilot job from affirmative action.

Maybe the airline did not want her but they had to check off the female hire box and they did not have enough females to choose from.

That's how a lot of companies get stuck with employees that they would otherwise not hire.

jaxville's picture

  The scary part is she probably actually got her training in the military.  Flying planes with bombs and bullets...YIKES

PrintemDano's picture

My Dept at a NE Utility has been checking a lot of boxes lately, broads and muslims mostly.  Useless for the Dept, but the bosses check their boxes and move up and out.....

UNOFOO's picture

ONLY 20%?   Fathers be good to your daughters!

It'll help the next Gen.

August's picture

I recently had the dis-pleasure of a trans-pacific flight on United.  What a piece of shit UAL has become.

QANTAS and the Asian airlines make you feel like a valued customer;  United makes you feel like a turd in a (cramped) toilet bowl.

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

Reporting her when she showed up out of uniform would have been sexist.

JRobby's picture


A 40 grit enema to clear out all the higher paid employees. 

jmpntx's picture

There is no Continental HQ in Houston, it's all Chicago now. And the United crews were always the easiest to spot, usually surly and disgruntled.

Perimetr's picture

I hate fucking United.

I'll never forget the time when our trans-Atlantic flight had to turn back

because the pilot couldn't get the landing gear on the left side of the plane to retract.  


Taffy Lewis's picture

Flying in the U.S. is rapidly becoming the Greyhound Bus experience 40 years ago.

acetinker's picture

I grew up being passed around from relative-to-relative 50 years ago... via Greyhound.  After I got growed up, I flew for business/training and other such bullshit.

I remember thinking, way back then that it was just a bus with wings and a selection of beverages.  Same weird people, same shitty attitudes and same delays.  Not disagreeing with you- just sayin' that it is niether 'rapid' or 'becoming'.  It's been this way for a long time.

Al Gophilia's picture

Another; the passengers all submitted to x-rays and patdowns.

Déjà view's picture

Caught between a 'Rock' and a hard on...

Germanwings looking for a replacement...

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Gee, why would a guy want to leave her?

YouJustMadeTheList's picture
YouJustMadeTheList (not verified) Yes We Can. But Lets Not. Feb 12, 2017 2:59 PM

Well, maybe the 'baseball cap' was a MAGA cap instead of a pink pussycat hat,  & he was a closet homo ~ just guessing.

CNONC's picture

I call microagression.  Who said it was a guy?

e_goldstein's picture

When dealing with women, the following applies:

Pretty, smart, and sane,

you can pick 2.

AGuy's picture

"When dealing with women, the following applies: Pretty, smart, and sane, you can pick 2."

Sorry e_goldstein, I have to disagree. In my area its become increasing difficult to pick even one of those traits. I would estimate about 80% are fat, insane and stupid, at the same time.

Here my version:
"when dealing with women you must pick two: Fat, insane, or jaw-dropping stupid"

pliny the longer's picture

have some single friends, 40s - 50s age.  whenever they meet a new woman, our old joke is 'she's kinda cute but she's kinda dumb'; 

got lucky here, mrs. pliny is down to earth, just chill, pretty cool. blue eyes, likes tom petty. u get the idea.  not sure what i did, i think God felt sorry for me from my crazy ass parents, step parents, step and half siblins, etc.

AGuy's picture

Pliny Wrote:
"have some single friends, 40s - 50s age. whenever they meet a new woman, our old joke is 'she's kinda cute but she's kinda dumb'; "

There are some really good women, but its far from the norm.

I have no issues with women, working, or doing thinks that are largely dominated by men. I really just wish women were not so narcissistic.

edotabin's picture

I'm not saying there shouldn't be women pilots but if you really get close to a woman she will openly admit that many of them are not stable. They know it. 

As for the ones being too busy to do anything else except protest and complain, those are probably the least stable of all. They usually try to hide behind something like a noble-sounding cause because they're too scared to face the truth. Politicians seize on that and only make matters worse as they justify everything away.  Somebody's gotta keep it together. Men are less able and less willing so it all starts to crumble.......politicians win.

Sokhmate's picture

Solipsism is the more common problem in women.

Uzda Farce's picture
Uzda Farce (not verified) AGuy Feb 12, 2017 8:20 PM

Nasty, selfish, anti-male, and proud of it. See the recent march on Washington.

Here's background on "feminist movement" leader Gloria Steinem and her role as a CIA operative:


Giant Meteor's picture

How fat we talkin here ?


acetinker's picture

Just a note, ummm guy. North Georgia is chock-full of hotties. We have some heifers too, but the ratio is quite favorable.

I've not traveled the world, but I've lived up and down the eastern seaboard and across the deep south.  Let's just say they don't call 'em Peaches for no reason.  K?