Southwest Airline Pilot Goes on Epic Rant Against Liberals

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All of us have days when everything gets to be just a little bit much and we go on a bit of a rant.

For a Southwest Airlines pilot that day came this month when he was preparing for takeoff from San Jose. 


He reached the end of his rope and started swearing about all the things that bother him with liberals in the San Francisco area and California as a whole. 

“F— this place, g–damn liberal f—s,” the pilot comments, before going on a more extensive list of issues he has with the left later while flying over San Francisco.

Southwest has confirmed that the man ranting in the audio clip is a Southwest pilot. The audio was uploaded to a site that archives air traffic control communications. 

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‘F—ing Weirdos’

As he prepares to taxi off, the pilot says that his flight 531 is ready to go and then goes on a rant against liberal Californians. 

He’s clearly lost his patience and had more than enough, probably from some kind of interaction or experience of left-wing people that’s driven his anger over the edge. 

“F— this place, g–damn liberal f—s. Eight guns out here somewhere as it is,” the pilot says mocking the gun control crowd. “F—ing weirdos, probably driving around in f—ing Hyundas, f—ing roads and s— that go slow as f—,” he added. 

Southwest confirms the man does work for them and said they are “fully addressing the situation.”

“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 Southwest spokesperson commented.

“This situation was an isolated incident involving a single Employee and not representative of the nearly 60,000 hardworking, respectful People of Southwest Airlines. We do not publicly discuss Employee matters, but we are fully addressing the situation internally,” the spokesperson added. 

It is true that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules ban pilots from talking about anything unrelated to the safe navigation of their aircraft when they are below 10,000 feet, since all focus must be on taking off and landing at that time. For that reason the FAA said they reported the rant to Southwest and are currently investigating further.

What Spurred the Rant?

The identity of the pilot or his background hasn’t been released, but Southwest does employ a lot of ex military and it’s fully possible that this man has simply had enough of the far-left progressives that are taking over large areas of the United States. 

It’s not entirely clear if he actually violated FAA rules, since various reports conflict on whether the swearing rant took place above 10,000 feet over San Francisco or during taxi for takeoff (which would break the rules).

In any case, the fact that it was not directed at passengers and does not appear to have been played over the speakers. It was a comment to air traffic control on his headset. No passengers were in any danger seems to point to this being more of an internal manner, and it’s just getting publicity so the media can go on and on about the danger of White conservatives. 

If the pilot had said Black Lives Matter and that he’s tired of f—ing ignorant MAGAts while flying over Arkansas the media would be livestreaming his comments 24/7 on CNN and he’d be getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Biden. 

We’re living in an increasingly unfree country where even speaking your mind now leads to you losing your job. We will follow this story to see whether this pilot keeps his job. 

What do you think? Did he cross the line?