Southwest Airlines mentioned Sunday it is conducting an inside investigation after one of its pilots used a phrase that is develop into a stand-in for insulting President Joe Biden through the pilot’s greeting to passengers over the plane’s public address system final week.
The airline introduced its investigation after The Related Press reported the incident in a narrative concerning the rising use of the phrase “Let’s go, Brandon,” an aphorism in conservative circles for a vulgarity focusing on Mr. Biden.
The pilot’s use of the phrase drew audible gasps from some passengers on the flight from Houston to Albuquerque on Friday. An AP reporter was on the flight.
The airline mentioned in an announcement it could “address the situation directly with any Employee involved while continuing to remind all Employees that public expression of personal opinions while on duty is unacceptable.”
“Southwest does not condone Employees sharing their personal political opinions while on the job serving our Customers, and one Employee’s individual perspective should not be interpreted as the viewpoint of Southwest and its collective 54,000 Employees,” the assertion mentioned.
The phrase took off after an Oct. 2 incident at a NASCAR race in Alabama gained by Brandon Brown, a 28-year-old driver who was being interviewed by an NBC Sports activities reporter.
The gang behind Brown was chanting one thing, and the reporter steered they had been saying “Let’s go, Brandon” to cheer the driving force. However it turned more and more clear to viewers that they had been saying, “F– Joe Biden.”
Some conservatives have pointed to the episode for instance of U.S. media overlaying for Mr. Biden. Since then, the phrase has been uttered on the Home ground by a Republican lawmaker and used ceaselessly by Biden critics on social media and at protests to slam the Democratic president.
The incident was a sizzling matter on social media over the weekend, according to The Washington Post, with folks cheering and jeering the pilot.