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Wednesday
Jun222011

Southwest Pilot Suspended for On-Air Rant

Scott Olson / Getty Images News (NEW YORK) -- Southwest Airplanes says it has suspended a pilot for a slur-laced two and a half minute conversation he had on an open air traffic frequency.

The conversation, essentially a misogynistic and homophobic rant, took place in March after the pilot failed to shut off his flight's communications link with air control.

In a statement, the carrier called the conversation inexcusable: "Southwest Airlines is committed and dedicated to maintaining the highest standard of ethics in the industry; in fact we've built our Company's reputation on the Golden Rule: treating others as you would like to be treated, with concern, care and respect. The actions of this Pilot are, without question, inconsistent with the professional behavior and overall respect that we require from our Employees."

The airline says the pilot in question was placed on an unpaid suspension and has underwent additional diversity education. He is now back at work.

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