I should just give the pilot the benefit of the doubt and let it go, but I cannot help it…calling yourself “God” and demanding obedience strikes me as highly narcissistic and ultimately unhelpful. But that’s what an American Airlines pilot did after a passenger refused to wear a mask onboard.
Captain Refers To Himself As “God” On American Airlines Flight After Mask Disturbance
After a passenger was removed for refusing to wear a mask, the captain attempted curtail any further misbehavior by declaring himself God:
“The job of the captain of this aircraft is to get you somewhere safely. That’s my job. So we have the mask policy. We have to comply with it. If we’ve got somebody who doesn’t want to comply we’re not gonna [unintelligible]. It’s not up for discussion. It’s not a negotiation.
“And on this aircraft I’m God. I decide what happens and we can do it the easy way or the hard way. And at least this fella decided to get off. We had two cops waiting outside to do it the hard way and I’m glad we didn’t have to do that.
“And again I don’t want to get into political statements. We all have our feelings about that. Let’s just try to get along.”
It’s very true that captains are in charge. Authority falls upon them and their decision is final. If a captain is not comfortable with you onboard, you’re off. A captain is ultimately responsible for the safety of everyone onboard.
In that sense, a lowercase “G” spelling of god is somewhat appropriate, as in “the person in charge.” But his language, at least to me, suggests he was misappropriating the Abrahamic God (hermeneutics on the actual name of God aside). I also thought his language bordered on narcissism and the sort-of heavy-handed tactics that make me roll my eyes instead of clap. If he had said, “On this aircraft, I’m the god” (or king or lord) I wouldn’t have given it a second thought.
Full disclosure: I’m a Christian. While I’m not the kind who believes he must impose his view on anyone, it doesn’t stop me from recoiling at sacrilegious talk. I can shake my head at word choice without being an “easily-offended snowflake” and simply point out that such language is something I will teach my kids not use.
But even so, I think the pilot meant well and simply intended to dissuade any additional mask violations onboard. So fine, we just move on. No protests or decapitations necessary. Still, I hope the captain will choose his words more carefully next time.
What is your view on the incident? Should the captain have spoken in the manner in which he did?
(H/T: View From The Wing)