Pilots tend to be more conservative than flight attendants, overall. So after NASCAR driver Brandon Brown at Talladega Speedway on October 2, and a reporter mistook the crowd chanting “F- Joe Biden” as “Let’s Go Brandon!” the slogan took on a life of its own… in the cockpit.
It seemed like it should have died out by December but was still going on over air traffic control at the end of the year.
Still I’m surprised to see it in the cabin on American Airlines in May 2022:
— Michaela the Merfolk (@dm_mitchi) May 17, 2022
More than bringing politics into the aircraft cabin, the problem here is that Let’s Go Brandon has simply become derivative. It’s so 2021. Wearing a Let’s Go Brandon pin isn’t just a juvenile way to express yourself, it’s a way of saying I’m 8 months behind the meme.
It was cute back in early fall when a passenger recently had American Airlines page “Let’s Go Brandon.” But haven’t we already done this one to death?
Someone just paged Let's Go Brandon at Chicago O'Hare. pic.twitter.com/BrUK2TuzJF
— Brick Suit (@Brick_Suit) October 8, 2021
Six years ago a United Airlines pilot announced that everyone had to keep politics off the plane. Passengers cheered. No matter your feelings about silly memes or the President of the United States, there are some places where we should be left alone. Stuck in a metal tube, you can’t escape a pilot’s politics.
The American Airlines flight attendant was violating uniform standards. There are approved pins that cabin crew can wear. There’s a process for adding more of them. This is not approved flair.