A pilot was caught with a hot microphone making shocking comments about the Bay Area while flying a plane in the region.
The expletive rant, which was archived by Live ATC, took place on March 13.
The pilot, who has not been publicly identified, was captured on the air traffic control scanner at the Mineta San Jose International Airport.
Southwest Airlines Flight 531 was mentioned in the recording, but it’s not clear if that was cross-chatter picked up on the radio. Southwest did not return a request for comment from DailyMail.com
‘F ** k this place, goddamn liberal f ** ks,’ you hear the pilot swearing, seemingly unprompted.
The audio, which is choppy at times, seems to record the pilot continuing his rant as he makes several strange comments.
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Hot microphone incident at Mineta San Jose International Airport reveals shocking moment when airline pilot engaged in a powerhouse rant about the region’s ‘liberal f ** ks’
The audio was captured on an air traffic control scanner and archived by Live ATC (photo: interior of Mineta San Jose International Airport)
“Eight guns here somewhere as it is,” the pilot seems to say; it is not clear what he is referring to.
“F ** king weirdos, probably driving around in f ** king Hyundais, f ** king roads and things as slow as f ** k,” he continues.
“You don’t have balls unless you’re a goddamn bastard,” adds the pilot, presumably comparing electric cars to traditional gas-powered cars.
The airline the pilot works for is not known, nor is it clear whether or not he landed or took off an aircraft at the airport.
A flight ID appears to have been given before the rant, but it cannot be deciphered.
That flight typically has routes from Las Vegas to San Jose and San Jose to Seattle, but no flights are listed on March 13, per FlightAware
The pilot and airline at the center of the hot mic incident have not been identified, although there is a reference to a Southwest Airlines flight towards the end of the rant
In addition, the scanner may have picked up audio from other flights at that time.
A user on Twitter tagged Southwest Airlines in a post about the incident, but they have not confirmed the pilot is theirs.
DailyMail.com has contacted Southwest Airlines for comment.
“We cannot confirm or verify who made those comments,” a Live ATC representative said SFGATE
Meanwhile, an airport representative called the statement “very unprofessional” and forwarded it to the FAA.
“ FAA regulations prohibit airline pilots from talking about topics unrelated to conducting their flight safely while taxiing and flying below 10,000 feet, ” the FAA said in a statement to DailyMail.com
The FAA is investigating communications a pilot made last week while taxiing at Mineta San Jose International Airport. The FAA has also reported the incident to the airline. ‘
The Bay Area, especially San Francisco, is known as a liberal region of the United States, which the pilot is referring to.
San Francisco is associated with liberal values, such as LGTBQ equality (photo: then-presidential candidate Kamala Harris at the San Francisco Pride parade in June 2019)
A March 2014 report by political scientists Chris Tausanovitch and Christopher Warshaw entitled ‘Representation in the municipal governmentranks San Francisco as the most liberal city of at least 250,000 residents in the United States, based on government policy preferences.
Oakland, another Bay Area city, is ranked fourth in the same report.
Some of the values often associated with San Francisco include the fight for LGBTQ equality and the anti-war movement.
Harvey Milk was the first openly gay politician in the city of San Francisco prior to his murder.
San Francisco was the site of a 150,000-strong rally in April 1971, a protest against the Vietnam War.
Currently, the Mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, is a Democrat, as is the entire board of supervisors of the city.