A Southwest Airlines pilot is in hot water after he was heard delivering an expletive-filled rant about residents of the Bay Area, according to travel site One Mile at a Time.
Recorded March 12 by the San Jose International Airport's traffic control scanner and archived online at Live ATC, the pilot says "Fuck this place, goddamn liberal fucks."
"Fucking weirdos, probably driving around in fucking Hyundais, fucking roads and shit that go slow as fuck," he continues, adding "You don’t have balls unless you’re fucking rolling coal man, goddamnit."
Airport spokesperson Demetria Machado told SFGate.com
: "This communication is very unprofessional, and I have forwarded the communication to the [Federal Aviation Administration]."
FAA spoesman Ian Gregor, meanwhile, said that "FAA regulations prohibit airline pilots from talking about subjects that are unrelated to safely conducting their flight while taxiing and while flying below 10,000 feet altitude," adding "The FAA is investigating communications that an airline pilot made while taxiing at Mineta San Jose International Airport last week."
Southwest, meanwhile, told SFGate that they are "fully addressing the situation internally."
"Our corporate Culture is built on a tenet of treating others with concern and dignity and the comments are inconsistent with the professional behavior and overall respect that we require from our Employees," a spokesman said in a statement, adding "This situation was an isolated incident involving a single Employee and not representative of the nearly 60,000 hardworking, respectful People of Southwest Airlines."