Last night the pilot of a United flight from Austin to San Francisco was removed after showing up out of uniform, in plain clothes, and entering the cabin to make a bizarre rant in front of passengers about her divorce, the election (she didn’t support Trump or Clinton), and make a book recommendation.
She apologized for being late, polled passengers on whether they minded that she was out of uniform, and promised that she’d be letting her co-pilot fly so that passengers didn’t need to be nervous about her (and emphasizing that ‘he’s a man‘).
The most famous man on the internet last night and this morning, @undeadsinatra, was live-tweeting the incident.
He even had video which he’s since taken down. But he shares the pilot taken off the flight.
His best line of the night? “That was scary as f-. Back to the @united lounge for relaxing cheese cubes.”
BuzzFeed News posted video of the rant from another passenger, who eventually made their video private on YouTube but is still available in that Buzzfeed article.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about the whole situation is that United found a new captain, and the plane made it to San Francisco only an hour and a half delayed.
This is hardly the first time something like this has happened, for instance there was the JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas where passengers had to take down the pilot (who had to be tricked by the co-pilot to leave the cockpit).
And there was the Southwest pilot ranting to his co-pilot while accidentally broadcasting his very not safe work for and highly offensive diatribe over ATC: