Southwest Airlines will conduct an internal investigation into a pilot who was captured on video saying “Let’s Go Brandon” over the flight’s intercom, the airline said in a statement.
“Southwest does not condone Employees sharing their personal political opinions while on the job serving our Customers, and one Employee’s individual perspective should not be interpreted as the viewpoint of Southwest and its collective 54,000 Employees,” the airline said in a statement on Sunday.
The phrase is a tongue-in-cheek reference to a “F–k Joe Biden” chant that erupted at a NASCAR race in Talladega earlier this year.
The chant at the NASCAR race was misheard by a reporter as “Let’s Go Brandon” and the phrase has since been repeated by ardent Biden critics.
The pilot’s quib was caught toward the end of a flight from Houston to Albuquerque.
“We’re heading east at about 107 or 108 mph,” the pilot said, according to a clip of the incident posted on TikTok. “Clear visibility, mostly clear skies, about 77 degrees. Thanks for coming out, flying Southwest Airlines, welcome home and let’s go Brandon.”
The airline will be internally investigating the incident and those involved, it said Sunday
“Southwest is conducting an internal investigation into the recently reported event 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.
“Southwest does not tolerate any behavior that encouraged divisiveness, as it does not reflect the Southwest Hospitality and inclusiveness for which we are known and strive to provide each day on every flight.”
Southwest canceled thousands of flights earlier this month, which many believe to be caused by the arlines’ pilots protesting President Joe Biden’s impending COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all federal contractors.
On Oct. 27, a federal judge rejected the pilot union’s attempt to block the company from imposing a mandate.