New drama in the skies: A Southwest pilot with a stuck microphone transmitted a profanity-laden tirade against gay, female and senior flight attendants across Texas airspace, overheard by the FAA, other flight crews -- and, now, anyone with Internet access.
The March rant most likely ocurred during a flight from Austin and San Diego, news reports said; passengers didn't hear the pilot's offensive comments about "gays, grannies and grandes" en route, but other cockpit crews did, as well as air traffic controllers, who tried to break in to silence the pilot.
According to news reports, Southwest suspended the unnamed pilot without pay and ordered him to undergo sensitivity training. He is now back on the job.
A report from NBC's Houston affiliate KPRC, below, includes a (mostly) censored transcript of the pilot's monologue. Listen at your own risk, but if you're able to make it to the end of the video, listen for other crews chiming in to say: "That was not us!" and "they wonder why airline pilots have a bad reputation."
Southwest's vp of flight operations, Chuck Magill, recorded an apology on behalf of the pilot.
Meanwhile, according to reports, Southwest's flight attendants' union may file a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the airline.