I would feel sorry for the Captain, if he wasn’t such an idiot.
Apparently a Southwest Airlines captain didn’t know his microphone was stuck on the “on” position and broadcast to the FAA and everyone else within earshot a profanity-laced tirade of how tired he was of old, fat, and gay flight attendants.
No need for me to go into detail except to invite you to listen to this not-safe-for-work audio clip or watch the video below.
Now he’s had further “diversity training” is back on the job. Should he be, especially with FAs threatening to sue the airline over their handling of this incident?
I think John Hayward from Human Events captures my thoughts nicely on this issue:
What’s the point of all those diversity training consultants, if they don’t protect the company from bias complaints when some blockhead accidentally turns what was, indisputably, a “private conversation” into a scandal by accidentally leaving his microphone on? Wouldn’t it be better to fire all the diversity consultants and bank the money wasted on them, to pay off the odd settlement to angry lawyers?
Is this going to be another one of those trials where telepathic lawyers demand the corporation be punished for “creating an atmosphere” of ageism, homophobia, and fat-ism? If so, it probably won’t help Southwest that they once put the image of a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model on the side of an airplane.
The pilot deserves condemnation for what he said, but what is the point of more diverisity training? Does anyone think his views are going to be changed by a few classroom sessions? The guy is just going to double check that his mic is off next time he spouts off.
Southwest would be wise to simply apologize (as they have already done) and stress that their “gay, granny, and grande” employees must be and almost always are treated with the same respect all employees deserve. I think that’s the best they can do right now.