Southwest Pilot Apologizes For Offensive Remarks

James Fritzen Taylor, the pilot whose obscenity laced rant was captured on a cockpit mic, issued an apology

By Dominic Trombino
|  Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011  |  Updated 11:45 AM CDT
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Southwest Airlines was once well known for hiring only female flight attendants and dressing them in hot pants.  At least one of its pilots apparently dislikes that it's not like that anymore.

Southwest Airlines was once well known for hiring only female flight attendants and dressing them in hot pants. At least one of its pilots apparently dislikes that it's not like that anymore.

An anonymous Southwest Airlines pilot whose rant about flight attendants was captured over a stuck cockpit microphone is no longer anonymous, and has apologized.

The pilot, identified as 46-year-old James Fritzen Taylor of Argyle, Texas, issued his apology in a statement, according to KPRC Channel 2 in Houston.

"Please accept my most sincere apology for the inappropriate and disrespectful remarks I made in March with an open microphone," reads Taylor's apology. "I deeply regret the derogatory remarks I made and the hurt I have caused—I take full responsibility for those comments."

In his rant, Taylor labeled his Chicago-based flight crew as a "continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes."

"Eleven f***ing over-the-top f***ing a** f***ing homosexuals and a granny.  Eleven! I mean, think of the odds of that," the unidentified pilot said during a March flight.

In his written apology, he makes a specific apology to all flight attendants, including those in Houston who he said were "the ugliest" of all.

A photo of Taylor with the words "This is the big mouth pilot!!" scribbled on it was displayed in a Southwest Airlines crew break room, according to the station.

Taylor is married and lives with his wife and two kids, ages 18 and 20, according to The Dallas Voice.

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