AP Reporter Asked Flight Crew to Unlock Cockpit So She Could Confront ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Pilot
The story of the Southwest Airlines pilot who dropped a “Let’s Go Brandon” during announcements over the public address system has gone from weird to creepy.
On Friday morning an unidentified Southwest pilot on a flight from Houston to Albuquerque signed off his greeting with a cheerful, “Let’s go Brandon.” Watch video taken on board the flight below.
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Southwest Airlines said they are investigating the incident.
“Southwest does not condone Employees sharing their personal political opinions while on the job,” the airline said in a Sunday statement. “Southwest is conducting an internal investigation into the recently reported event and will address the situation directly with any Employee involved while continuing to remind all Employees that public expression of personal opinions while on duty is unacceptable.”
Associated Press reporter Colleen Long was on the flight and was apparently one of those on board who was triggered by the phrase.
“TFW (that feel when) you’re trying to go on vacation and then the pilot says the very thing you’re working on over the loud speaker and you have to try to get him comment but then almost get removed from plane,” she wrote on Twitter.
Ms. Long then explained why she was nearly kicked off the flight — she tried to enter the flight deck.
“In defense of airline I was asking them to open locked cock pit and probably sounded insane,” she said.
Ms. Long should feel fortunate that she was not hog-tied and duct-taped to a chair under federal air marshals could board the plane.
A former FBI agent who is now a CNN pundit was also triggered by the phrase — comparing it to a terrorist motto.
“As an experiment, I’d love for a Southwest (Airlines) pilot to say, ‘long live ISIS’ before taking off,” Asha Rangappa wrote on. Twitter. “My guess is that 1) the plane would be immediately grounded; 2) the pilot fired; and 3) a statement issued by the airline within a matter of hours.”
For the record, Ms. Long and the other passengers arrived at their final destination without incident. So, what’s the big deal? It’s not like the pilot displayed a decapitated head of former President Trump — or chanted, “F- Donald Trump.”