Southwest Airlines pilot allegedly used anti-Joe Biden slang in passenger announcement with AP reporter on board
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A Southwest Airlines pilot reportedly said “Let’s go, Brandon” during a flight announcement Friday.
Associated Press reporter Colleen Long heard the insult while traveling from Houston, Texas to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“Let’s Go, Brandon” has been used by the Conservatives to secretly attack the President.
A Southwest Airlines flight on Saturday became political when one of its pilots ended an announcement to passengers with “Let’s Go, Brandon,” an insult used to insult President Joe Biden.
“On a flight from southwest Houston to Albuquerque on Friday morning, the pilot signed his salute over the sound system with the phrase, to the audible gasps of some passengers,” wrote AP’s Colleen Long in a article published on Saturday.
Long was a passenger on the flight for a vacation, she explained in a Twitter thread, and was almost pulled from the plane after unsuccessful attempts to get the pilot to comment on her story on the matter.
“Also for the defense of the airline [sic] I asked them to open the locked cockpit [sic] and probably looked crazy! “she wrote in a follow-up Tweeter.
Additional information on the specific flight is unknown. When asked to comment, Southwest told Long and Insider, “The Southwest team pride themselves on providing a welcoming, comfortable and respectful environment for the millions of customers who travel with the airline each year and the behavior of all. individual who divides or is offensive is not tolerated. “
The phrase “Let’s Go, Brandon” was a whistle of the right to secretly hit the President. Its origins can be traced back to a NASCAR event in which NBC Sports reporter Kelli Stavast mistakenly identified chants from a crowd saying “Let’s go, Brandon” when they actually said “Fuck Joe Biden” .
In Arizona, a Navy veteran who was honored by the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office wore a shirt during his ceremony that read “Let’s go, Brandon,” and was interviewed by local news with it. Conservative commentators have also resorted to calling the president by the nickname “Brandon” instead of his real name.
Southwest did not cancel any flights between Houston and Albuquerque on Friday, indicating that Long’s flight went as planned despite the incident.
The Southwest has been unwittingly embroiled in the crop war at the heart of the “Let’s go, Brandon” debate, dating back to the Columbus Day weekend, when thousands of flights were canceled due to extreme weather and weather conditions. air traffic control problems. Prominent conservatives have argued that the pilots are resisting President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate affecting Southwest, in his role as federal contractor.
Conservatives ranging from Texas Senator Ted Cruz to the Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro echoed the talking point. But the airline and its pilots’ union said the vaccine protests had played no role in the cancellations.
CEO Gary Kelly has said the airline will not fire unvaccinated workers who fail to meet the mandate, nor put them on unpaid leave. Southwest has set a deadline of November 24 to submit proof of vaccination or an exemption request in order to meet a December 8 deadline set by the Biden administration for federal government contractors.
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