“Let’s Go Brandon” is now flying the friendly skies. A TikTok video of a Southwest Airlines pilot signing off to passengers by saying “Let’s Go Brandon” has gone viral. As a flight from Houston, Texas to Albuquerque, New Mexico was landing, the pilot had some additional things to say other than weather conditions.
“We’re heading east at about 107 or 108mph,” the pilot begins. “Clear visibility, mostly clear skies, about 77 degrees” he informs the passengers. “Thanks for coming out, flying Southwest Airlines, welcome home and let’s go Brandon” he signed off. The phrase has become a well-known euphemism for “F*** Joe Biden.”
The airline has not released the name of the pilot, and his face was pixelated in the public TikTok video, which was clearly filmed in the cockpit. This particular pilot does not appear to be an isolated incident. Pilots were also reportedly heard continuously repeating the popular message “Let’s Go Brandon” on their radios throughout the day.
According to audio posted online, someone had even warned the pilots that “Southwest has a hot mic.” The pilots were not deterred. Although Southwest Airlines did not speak directly about the incident, a spokesperson for the airline gave a statement to DailyMail.com.
“The Southwest Team takes pride in providing a welcoming, comfortable, and respectful environment for the millions of customers who fly with the airline each year and behavior from any individual that is divisive or offensive is not condoned” the statement said.
The phrase is being chanted by groups large and small everywhere, as well as printed and sold on various types of paraphernalia. Songs honoring and titled after the saying are hitting the top of song charts, even beating out sensation Adele’s new album.
Southwest has had issues with the vaccine mandate put in place by President Joe Biden, which requires all federal contractors, including airline employees, to be vaccinated by December 8. The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association filed a lawsuit earlier this month asking a federal judge to temporarily block the mandate until an existing lawsuit over US labor law violations is resolved.
Over Columbus Day weekend Southwest cancelled over 2,000 flights, blaming weather conditions. Many speculate the disruption was actually due to employee walkouts protesting the mandate, as well as many others taking advantage of their paid vacation time before being put on unpaid leave as punishment for not getting vaccinated.