Tell Southwest Airlines to Fire Pilot for his Anti-Gay Hate Rant!
  • Petitioned Gary C. Kelly

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Gary C. Kelly

Tell Southwest Airlines to Fire Pilot for his Anti-Gay Hate Rant!

    1. Thad Ward
    2. Petition by

      Thad Ward

      Dallas, TX




Enough is enough! A Southwest Airlines pilot is back in the skies after accidentally broadcasting a profane, gay-bashing tirade directed at the Chicago-based flight crews he worked with.This type of hate spewed over the airwaves perpetuates hate crimes against the LGBT community. This has to stop! Demand that Southwest fire this pilot!

The pilot, whose name the airlines did not choose to disclose, apparently went through diversity training after describing the crews as a "continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes" and "eleven f***ing over-the-top, f***ing a**-f***ing homosexuals."

Here is a transcript of some of the pilots words:

Well, I had Tucson to Indy all four weeks, and Chicago crews. 11 out of 12, there’s 12 flight attendants, individual, never the same flight attendant twice, eleven f***ing over-the-top, f***ing a**-f***ing homosexuals and a granny.

Eleven. I mean, think of the odds of that. I thought I was in Chicago, which was party-land.

After that, it was just a continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes… Well I don’t give a f***. I hate 100 percent of their a**es.

So, six months, I went to the bar three times. In six months, three times.

Once with the granny and the f*g, and I wish I hadn’t gone.

At the very end with two girls, one of them that was part do-able, but we ended up going to the bar and then to the crew at St. Louis, and all these two women wanted to do was, one wanted to berate her sister and the other wanted to bitch about her husband.

Literally, for three hours, me and the F.O. (First officer). When that was done, got back to my room, I’m like why the f*** did I stay up?





Gary C. Kelly
Dear Mr. Kelly,
I was shocked when I heard that pilot spewing anti-gay hate over the airwaves, his words perpetuate hate crimes against the LGBT community. I am asking that you fire this pilot! He actually stated that he hates gays. I will not feel safe flying Southwest airlines until he is removed. Many people across the United States feel the same way, fire this pilot! Thank you

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      Thad Ward
      Petition Organizer

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    Reasons for signing

    • Dave Taylor WEST LINN, OR
      • over 2 years ago


      The only reason I'm signing this is to point out the absurdity of this petition. How's that, and who the hell are you, you ask?

      I am an airline pilot. I am also friends with numerous members (both male and female) of the gay community and adamantly support gay marriage. The problem I have with this petition is this - This SWA captain had a stuck microphone button and did not know he was transmitting. It was a private conversation between two adults who were alone behind a closed and locked cockpit door, that just HAPPENED to be accidentally broadcast over an air traffic control frequency.

      Yes, *he's an asshole* Yes, *he should be reprimanded* maybe even temporarily suspended. But REGARDLESS OF WHAT HIS VIEWS ARE, HE IS ENTITLED TO FREE SPEECH - Just like all of us that disagree with him.

      I fully support him keeping his job and think SWA did the right thing - the voice of one employee is NOT the voice of the company, and SWA is a great airline.

    • G. R. Gray STOCKTON, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Our Gov. marrying a lesbian undermines gay marriage rights.

    • Richard Seeger CHEBOYGAN, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      That was so uncalled for, and is horrible for the gay and non-gay passingers along with their children.

    • Ryan Cothran FORT MILL, SC
      • almost 3 years ago

      As a chairman member of US Airways I fly on a weekly basis and until now have often considered Southwest Airlines. I cannot support a company that supports hate in this Country!

    • Mark Still HENDERSON, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      That guy does NOT deserve to be a pilot! He is SO disrespectful and we SHOULD NOT have to put up with HIS discrimination. Gay people HAVE RIGHTS too. I think he is HIGHLY offense.!!!!


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