Hot mic catches airline pilot in profane rant against San Fran Bay area. Now, he could be in hot water.

A commercial airline pilot was caught on a hot mic earlier this month engaging in a profanity-laced rant aimed at liberals who live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

According to the travel blog One Mile at a Time, the pilot’s verbal assault was overheard via the Mineta San Jose International Airport’s air traffic control scanner.

A recording of the diatribe can be heard below.

Warning: Graphic language

“F*ck this place, g*ddamn liberal f*cks,” the unidentified pilot says, adding, “Eight guns out here somewhere as it is.”

“F*cking teirós, probably driving around in f*cking Hyundais, f*cking roads and s**t that goes slow as f*ck,” he continued.

“You don’t have balls unless you’re f*cking rolling coal man, g*ddamnit,” the pilot added.

The authenticity of the rant was confirmed by website Live ATC, which provides live air traffic between controllers and radar to planes all over the world.

It’s not clear which airline the pilot flies for, though One Mile at a Time suggested it could be Southwest Airlines.

“We can neither confirm nor verify who made those comments,” a spokesperson for Live ATC told SF Gate.

Added airport spokesperson Demetria Machado, “This communication is very unprofessional, and I have forwarded the communication to the [Federal Aviation Administration],” which oversees and operates control towers.

(Gabrielle Lurie/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

“FAA regulations prohibit airline pilots from talking about subjects that are unrelated to safely conducting their flight while taxiing and while flying below 10,000 feet altitude,” FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor noted in a statement to the outlet.

“The FAA is investigating communications that an airline pilot made while taxiing at Mineta San Jose International Airport last week,” the statement continued, SF Gate reported. “The FAA also reported the incident to the airline.” 

The San Jose airport is located some 50 miles from downtown San Francisco, reports noted.

It’s unclear if the pilot was just singling out the San Francisco area or the state of California in general, which has been controlled by Democrats for years. The state is known for its liberal-left policies.

Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times reported that then-President-elect Joe Biden would look to the state for “inspiration” when crafting domestic policies, adding that with one of its senators, Kamala Harris, becoming vice president, the Golden State would serve as “the de facto policy think tank” for the White House.

“There is no place the incoming administration is leaning on more heavily for inspiration in setting a progressive policy agenda,” the newspaper reported in a story headlined, “Make America California Again? That’s Biden’s plan.”

“California has never had a Democrat on a national ticket, much less a ticket that won,” former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis told the Times.

“Kamala Harris will be in all the meetings and have the last word with the president after they are over. She’ll be sharing ideas, innovations, and breakthroughs from California that might help solve problems on the national level,” he added.

Biden also picked the state’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. And he named former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, a professor at UC Berkeley, as his Treasury secretary.


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