November 29, 2022

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Southwest under fire after video surfaces purportedly showing pilot saying ‘Let’s go Brandon’

Social media users took to their keyboards Saturday to respond to a recently surfaced video that purportedly displays a Southwest Airlines pilot concluding an announcement to passengers by saying “Let us go Brandon” about the plane’s intercom process.

It took place Friday morning on a Southwest flight from Houston to Albuquerque, according to an Associated Press journalist who reported she was on the flight.

A Southwest Airlines staff will help a passenger to check out in at a counter at Ronald Reagan Washington Countrywide Airport Oct. 11, 2021 in Arlington, Va.  (Alex Wong/Getty Visuals / Getty Images)

“Right until and unless of course @SouthwestAir fires its #LetsGoBrandon pilot I will by no means fly on that airline,” wrote actor/filmmaker Andy Ostroy.

“The news protection of the ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ chant being repeated by a Southwest Airlines pilot brings to thoughts other Trumpian points that are permeating regular daily life,” author Sarah Posner wrote in a tweet.

“Vulgarity stand-in from ⁦@SouthwestAir cockpit,” wrote Washington Submit editor Cathleen Decker, who joined to reporting from the AP.

A Southwest Airways plane will take off for flight.  (AP Photograph/Wilfredo Lee / AP Pictures)

Will Bunch, an belief columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, mocked Southwest in a tweet:

YouTube individuality Jim Heath claimed that Southwest Airways CEO Gary Kelly “has formally made @SouthwestAir the Trumpy airline.”

“Its pilots now providing the ‘f*ck you Biden’ or ‘let’s go Brandon’ GOP line in the course of the flight,” Heath extra. “I have usually loved flying Southwest. Really don’t approach on carrying out it ever once again.”

Southwest Airlines pilots execute a look at in a 737 plane in advance of a flight at Ronald Reagan Washington Nationwide Airport, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart / Getty Illustrations or photos)

In a assertion to Fox News, Southwest Airlines mentioned it “can take delight in delivering a welcoming, comfortable, and respectful atmosphere for the hundreds of thousands of Clients who fly with the airline every 12 months and habits from any personal that is divisive or offensive will not be tolerated.”

The phrase “Let’s go Brandon” went viral just after an interview before this thirty day period with race vehicle driver Brandon Brown subsequent his victory in a NASCAR Xfinity Sequence race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. In a write-up-race interview, chants of “F— Joe Biden” could be read from the group. But the reporter interviewing Brown documented that the crowd was chanting “Let us go Brandon.”