Southwest's Pilot Apologizes For Misogynist, Anti-Gay Rant

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KPRC, which first broke the story, has an update: The pilot caught on an open cockpit microphone denigrating gays and flight attendants has sent out a company-wide apology letter.

Captain James Taylor said he "deeply regret[s]" the remarks.

"Please know that this event has forever changed me and I hope that others can learn from my mistake," he wrote. "I have learned a much-needed lesson to be more sensitive of others and I hope you will see me as a more tolerant and considerate person."

He "especially" apologized to Houston flight attendants; he had said they constituted "easily...the ugliest" of Southwest bases.

Full text:

Complete text of Capt. James Taylor's apology:

June 28, 2011

To All Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants and all Employees:

Because of the impact of my comments, I wanted to communicate with you directly.

Please accept my most sincere apology for the inappropriate and disrespectful remarks I made in March with an open microphone. I deeply regret the derogatory remarks I made and the hurt I have caused--I take full responsibility for those comments.

It was truly insensitive of me and I would like all of you to know that from now on, I will show nothing but the utmost respect during my interactions with all employees.

In addition, I would like to extend a special apology to all Flight Attendants, and especially those of Houston. I hope you will allow me to maintain a working relationship with all of you that will provide me the opportunity to extend an individual, personal apology to each one of you whenever we fly together.

Please know that this event has forever changed me and I hope that others can learn from my mistake.

I have learned a much-needed lesson to be more sensitive of others and I hope you will see me as a more tolerant and considerate person.

I am proud to be employed by Southwest Airlines and I am committed to representing our Company, and its employees in the most professional way possible.

With My Sincere Regards, Captain James Taylor

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5 comments
carlyt
carlyt

Heard a good joke this morning. This pilot should team up with Tracy Morgan and the two can go on an apology tour. The pilot can provide double duty by flying them to all their apology destinations. But seriously I think there is something wrong with the whole culture at airlines these days. They are forgetting how to treat their passengers and fellow employees. I found a great site for travel related discussions at airlinelodgingetc com

carlyt
carlyt

Heard a good joke this morning. This pilot should team up with Tracy Morgan and the two can go on an apology tour. The pilot can provide double duty by flying them to all their apology destinations. But seriously I think there is something wrong with the whole culture at airlines these days. They are forgetting how to treat their passengers and fellow employees. I found a great site for travel related discussions at airlinelodgingetc.com

Diego
Diego

Seriously.  Have you seen the current batch of flight attendants? 

rcdcr
rcdcr

The only thing this A-hole is sorry about is that he got caught.

Stay classy, heteros!  Always stay classy!!!

JB
JB

He's been through a lot.  He's seen fire and he's seen rain. 

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