A Southwest Airlines pilot has been spotted waiting to board a flight in uniform with a large politically-motivated slogan sticker attached to his crew bag which read: “I used to be liberal. Then I left home & got a job”.
The sticker has been branded as “offensive” and “disgusting” after Theresa Lenz from Washington DC shared the photo in a tweet on Thursday.
In January, American Airlines faced a similar backlash after a pilot was photographed waiting to board a flight with a ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ luggage tag hanging off his bag.
The bag tag also featured the hashtag ‘#FJB’ which is believed to be shorthand for ‘Fuck Joe Biden’. The ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ chant was adopted by some Republicans last October as a means to criticize President Joe Biden.
The phrase was also adopted to protest the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates and protestors, including some American Airlines pilots, were heard shouting the slogan outside AA’s headquarters during vaccine mandate protests.
Soon after the phrase came to public prominence, a Southwest Airlines pilot ended his greeting to passengers by signing off with “Let’s go Brandon” over the plane’s public address system.
The incident happened on an early morning flight from Houston to Albuquerque in October 2021 just days after Southwest Air pilots allegedly also used the phrase on an air traffic control frequency.
Earlier this month it was revealed that a former Delta Air flight attendant was suing her ex-employer after she was sacked for posting a political cartoon on her Facebook profile.
Leondra Taylor, a long-serving flight attendant who worked for Northwest Airlines before it was acquired by Delta posted a viral cartoon of former President Trump wearing a KKK hood during a Presidential election debate.
In response to the lawsuit, a spokesperson for Delta said employees were allowed to “intermix Delta’s brand with conduct or content that does not reflect our values of professionalism, inclusion and respect”.
Southwest Air has been contacted for comment. The airline has not addressed Theresa’s concerns on Twitter.
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