Sat, Apr 26, 2003
Two SWA Pilots Canned For Flying and Flapping
Now, just a minute, here. When it first got going,
Southwest Airlines lured passengers in part by asking cabin crew
members to "show a little skin." Back in the 70s, female cabin crew
members wore hotpants. But a pair of male pilots has now been fired
for not wearing any pants at all.
Well, At Least They Weren't Hiding Any Guns
The captain and his first officer apparently took their uniforms
off in the cockpit and were flying virtually naked. They were
reported by a flight attendant who had been summoned to the
cockpit. SWA wouldn't name the crew members - they're appealing
their termination - and wasn't specific about the flight upon which
the alleged nakedness occurred. The pilot and copilot say they
spilled their coffee on their uniforms.
We at ANN have been trying to come up with reasons
why both cockpit crewmembers would be forced to disrobe in flight.
In lieu of (pardon us) full disclosure from the airline or the
pilots involved, we've listed the top ten possibilities. Please,
add your own.
- They suddenly gained weight.
- They suddenly lost weight.
- In a freak atmospheric display, their pants were hit by
- They realized they were wearing each others' uniforms and were
attempting a switch.
- It was really hot that day.
- They were comparing scars. It just got away from them.
- A vent window popped open and the resulting windstorm whisked
their uniforms completely from their bodies.
- They were playing strip poker. It was a tie.
- "My boxers are flashier than yours."
- "Okay. I believe you. It WAS a mouse in your pocket. In fact,
there was a mouse in MY pocket, too."
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