An irate passenger took to Twitter to complain about her American Airlines pilot, whom she photographed with a prominent “Let’s Go Brandon” tag on his luggage ahead of a flight to Miami. American Airlines says it is looking into the incident.
American Airlines Pilot Pictured With “Let’s Go Brandon” Luggage Tag
Dana Finley Morrison was traveling from Hewanorra International Airport in Sant Lucia (UVF) to Miami (MIA). Before her flight, she noticed her captan had a political luggage tag on his bag. The tag said “Let’s Go Brandon” with the hashtag #FJB, which stands for “F*** Joe Biden.”
Confused? You have to go back to October 2, 2021 to NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Brandon Brown won. An NBC reporter named Kelli Stavas interviewed him after.
As the interview progressed, Stavas thought the crowd was chanting “Let’s go Brandon! Let’s Go Brandon!” But they were really chanting, “F*** Joe Biden! F*** Joe Biden!” Immediately, “Let’s go Brandon” became an internet meme and new cottage industry of “Let’s Go Brandon” t-shirts, posters, cups, and other trinkets sprang up.
In a now private tweet, Morrison took to Twitter to complain about her AA pilot:
“Hey @AmericanAir – y’all cool with your pilots displaying this kind of cowardly rhetoric on their crew luggage when they’re in uniform, about to fly a plane. We are not the only passengers who noticed and were disgusted.”
American Airlines responded quickly, stating:
“Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we want to get this to the right team. Please DM any additional details.”
Morrison later shared what she claimed were direct messages between herself and American Airlines on the issue:
Ultimately, it appears this matter will be resolved internally at AA:
“We take this very seriously and have sent this over to crew leadership. They will handle this internally after review. We assure you appropriate internal review will occur.”
For me, the answer is simple: no political slogans or pins of any sort on uniforms or attached to luggage. No divisive stickers or pins either. In fact, none at all besides name tag, wings, and epaulets. Just wear the uniform. That’s the goal: to look uniform. Nothing else, not even a picture of your dog or cat. It’s what I love about Gulf and Asian airlines.
American Airlines has launched an internal investigation over a pilot who was pictured with a “Let’s Go Brandon” luggage tag. While it isn’t clear how closely AA regulates crew baggage accoutrements, it should provide a company-issued baggage tag and note that nothing else is allowed on a crew bag.