This is a new one on me.
A Southwest Airlines pilot threatened to turn the plane around and return to the departure gate after one of the passengers on board received nude photos via AirDrop and reported the incident to airline staff.
He told the plane,
“So here’s the deal. If this continues while we’re on the ground, I’m going to have to pull back to the gate, everybody’s going to have to get off, we’re going to have to get security involved, and [your] vacation is going to be ruined. Whatever that AirDrop thing is — quit sending naked pictures, let’s get yourself to Cabo.”
Southwest Airlines defended the pilot, saying that the safety, security, and wellbeing of customers and employees was its “highest priority at all times…
When made aware of a potential problem, our employees address issues to support the comfort of those traveling with us.”
And will, therefore, even punish everybody to support that comfort…
Your Ethics Alarms Ethics Quiz of the Day is…
Was the pilot’s threat responsible, fair and competent?
Maybe I’m missing something (hence the quiz), but I think the pilot was abusing his authority. How does it make sense to threaten a plane-full of passengers with “ruining their vacation” because of the conduct of a single person they have no control over? How hard is it to stay off your phone for an airplane ride?
Pointer: Not The Bee.