November 2, 2021

Pilot Says 'Let's Go, Brandon' on Southwest Flight?

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By: Konrad Holden

In Brief:

On Sunday, Southwest Airlines announced an investigation into a pilot saying ‘Let’s go, Brandon’ over the intercom during a flight from Houston to Albuquerque. ‘Let’s go, Brandon’ has become a slogan for many Americans who oppose Joe Biden. The phrase developed after a reporter mistook or misreported a crowd chanting ‘F*** Joe Biden’ as ‘Let’s go, Brandon’. Southwest Airlines made it clear that if the phrase was said over the intercom it would not be tolerated.

The Background:

Southwest Airlines is in the news for a second time after it had to cancel nearly 2000 flights over a weekend in October. That incident was allegedly caused by a coordinated protest by employees upset about the company’s vaccine mandate.

This time the airline is in the news again because a pilot allegedly said ‘Let’s go, Brandon’ over the intercom during a flight. 

The incident was first reported by Colleen Long, an Associated Press reporter. She was on the flight when the alleged comment was made. 

“TFW [That feeling 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 to comment but then almost get removed from plane,” Long said on Twitter.

Another reporter on CNN, Asha Rangappa, compared the phrase to saying ‘long live ISIS’ and seemed to complain that the pilot wasn’t immediately fired because of white privilege.

Southwest Airlines made a statement on Sunday saying that the company “takes pride in providing a welcoming, comfortable, safe, and respectful environment for the millions of customers who fly with us each year. Southwest does not condone Employees sharing their personal political opinions while on the job.”

 

Notable Quotes:

“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.” - Southwest Airlines

 

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