“Southwest does not tolerate employees sharing their personal political opinions while on the job,” the airline said in a Sunday statement. “Southwest is conducting an internal investigation into the recently reported incident 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.”
The Associated Press, which had a reporter on board the flight, first reported that a pilot on a Friday flight from Houston to Albuquerque ended his typical greeting to passengers with the phrase “Let’s go Brandon,” which has become the right-wing code for “F ** k Joe” Biden. ” The AP report said passengers responded with audible gasps.
Captain James Belton of the United Chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association told CNN that the note was related to “Let’s go Brandon,” which was broadcast on the emergency radio frequency 121.5.
“Anyone making these calls directly disrupts security,” the memo said.
Several reports say the phrase pertains to a NASCAR crowd shouting “F ** k Joe Biden” while driver Brandon Brown was interviewed after a victory. The reporter who interviewed him had initially speculated that the crowd was shouting “Let’s Go Brandon.”