A recording of a Southwest Airlines pilot cursing people in Bay Area suddenly gained attention online this week, with the pilot at one point called the San Francisco residents "liberal f--ks."

The remarks, which occurred on a March 12 flight, were picked up over the Mineta San Jose International Airport's air traffic control scanner.

The recording was then posted on Live ATC, a website live streaming air traffic control audio transmissions. The site provides air traffic control from towers to radar facilities around the world. 

SFist reported that the pilot's plane was getting ready to land at Mineta San Jose International Airport. A portion of the audio captured the pilot complaining about San Francisco residents while listening to air traffic controllers' directions regarding weather and runway conditions.

"F--k this place, god--mn liberal f--ks," the unidentified pilot said before an air traffic professional interrupted him.

But instead of stopping and showing professionalism, he continued with his rant, saying, "F---ing weirdos, probably driving around in f---ing Hyundais, f---ing roads and shit that go slow as f--k. You don't have balls unless you're f---ing rolling coal, man, god--mn it."

While the pilot rant about the Bay Area residents, a call for Southwest Airlines 531 could be heard in the background of the recording, SFGate reported.

On Thursday night, a spokesman for Southwest Airlines verified that the said recording was a portion of the audio from one of their company's flights and that the pilot worked for the company.

The spokesman also shared that Southwest Airlines is fully aware of the audio recording incident and that the company is fully addressing the situation internally.

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Southwest Airlines Stand

Southwest Airlines told The Hill that the pilot's outburst was an isolated incident, and it involved only a single employee. The company further noted that it does not represent the respectful people of Southwest Airlines, which has a population of close to 60,000 hardworking individuals.

Southwest also emphasized that its corporate culture is built on a tenet of treating others with concern and dignity, which means the pilot's ranting is inconsistent with the professional behavior and the overall respect that the company requires from its employees.

In a statement on Wednesday, Ian Gregor, the spokesperson of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), said that based on the regulations of the FAA, the agency prohibits airline pilots from discussing subjects that are unrelated to the conduct of a safe flight while taxiing and flying below 10,000 feet altitude.

Demetria Machado, a spokesperson for San Jose Mineta airport, told SFGate that they had already forwarded the recording to the FAA. Machado also described the communication as "very unprofessional." Meanwhile, the FAA said it is now "investigating communications that an airline pilot made" last week.

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