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Southwest Airlines pilot issues apology for crude anti-gay rant

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A Southwest pilot issues apology after tying up air traffic control frequencies with anti-gay rant.

James Taylor, a Southwest Airlines pilot based in Argyle, Texas, issued a written apology Tuesday after accidentally recording an extended anti-gay and discriminatory conversation on the FAA’s radio system last week.

MSNBC reports that Taylor unintentionally left his microphone on during a conversation in the cockpit, during which complained about a surfeit of “gays, grannies and grandes” in the flight attendant dating pool. The recording, which was released to international news outlets after investigators realized it had been tying up air traffic control frequencies, includes gay slurs, profanity, and mocking comments in reference to overweight and elderly flight attendants.

In Tuesday’s statement, Taylor expressed his “deep regret” for making the recorded remarks.

“I take full responsibility for those comments,” he explained, adding specific apologies to the Houston-based crew who took the brunt of his bashing on the recording. “Please know that this event has forever changed me,” he concluded. “I hope that others can learn from my mistakes. I learned a much-needed lesson to be more sensitive of others and I hope you will see me as a more tolerant and considerate person.”

In response to Taylor’s written statement, some of the pilot’s colleagues expressed offense, as opposed to gratitude, at his choice of language. One employee noted that they would hope to be accepted rather than simply tolerated – a distinction Taylor failed to make in his letter.

James Taylor has been suspended as a result of the incident.


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Posted by on Jun 29, 2011. Filed under Breaking News, Top Highlights. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for “Southwest Airlines pilot issues apology for crude anti-gay rant”

  1. Too bad this pilot has the same name as one of my favorite singers. I heard a good joke this morning. This pilot should team up with Tracy Morgan and the two can go on an apology tour. The pilot can provide double duty by flying them to all their apology destinations. But seriously I think there is something wrong with the whole culture at airlines these days. They are forgetting how to treat their passengers and fellow employees. I found a great site for travel related discussions at airlinelodgingetc.com

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