“Quit Sending Naked Pictures” Southwest Airlines Pilot Threatens To Turn Plane Around

A Southwest Airlines pilot threatened to turn the plane around and return to the gate if Cabo-bound passengers didn’t stop airdropping naked photos to each other, as captured in video posted to social media last week.

The captain threated that he would “have to pull back into the gate, everybody’s going to have to get off. We’re going to have to get security involved.”

He continued, “Vacation is going to be ruined.” And – doubling down on his dad vibes threatening to turn the car around, he said “whatever that AirDrop thing is” passengers needed to “quit sending naked pictures, and let’s get yourselves to Cabo.”

@teighmars @robloxsouthwestair takes airdropping nudes very seriously. #AEJeansSoundOn #WorldPrincessWeek ♬ original sound – Teighlor Marsalis

Last year United deplaned a flight after a passenger airdropped a photo of a toy gun. The year before a flight was delayed due to airdropping porn.

Passengers were exposed airdropping porn on Southwest in June and also before the pandemic too.

Then there was the time that the CFO of an airline told a court he was just trying to delete porn from his work computer and accidentally erased files relevant to the court proceeding.

(HT: Tommy L)

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  1. I first noted that this kind of thing was being attempted on some London Tube rides and would be downloaded by recipient targets. Doing so on a plane can’t be any less risky.

    Don’t know what people are thinking when doing such things as there are also often young minor travelers using AirDrop-capable iOS devices and that way and other ways it could be an invitation to criminal charges depending on what laws are applicable.

  2. I don’t get it. Isn’t AirDrop default setting “receiving from Contacts only”? So in order to receive anything from random stranger, one has to go to settings and explicitly allow that?
    And whose fault is that?

  3. Alan what a one sided stupid thing to type – I believe that sexual deviants sit on both side of the aisle , the pilot who ” shut this down ” most probably is a man of honor who follows the rules and his actions are no indication of his political leanings.

  4. AirDrop should be set to “Receiving Off”, or “Contacts Only” at the very least – problem solved.

    If you park you car and leave all your doors open, you shouldn’t be surprised if somebody steals your stuff. Same for AirDrop – why would anybody have it set to “Everyone” unless it’s a one-off occasion at a meeting, bar, etc?

    Completely needless problem.

  5. Waiting for the self-entitled to defend their “right” to view naked pictures or porn while up in the air. The Captain runs the (air) ship, and his decrees are to be followed, even by the DYKWIAs.

  6. @Andy it’s pretty typical for someone to have set AirDrop to “everyone” once because there was some circumstance that warranted it and forgot to set it back. iOS/iPadOS/macOS should really offer a “Everyone for 5 minutes” option, or warn/nag you to turn it off.

  7. Looking at his phone? Been in a cockpit lately> Pilots use iPads as back ups for everything and that’s most likely where the x-rated material appeared, while he was looking at weather or weight-and-balance, etc.

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