A very troubling video has surfaced of an American Airlines pilot who abused his position by foisting his Christian testimony on a full plane, including graphic details of sexual exploits, his so-called conversion from homosexuality, and even an expression of suicidal thoughts. He is not fit to fly an airplane.
American Airlines Pilot Offers Graphic Details On His Sexual History To Captive Audience
Start by watching the video, which is not remotely appropriate for young children:
Is it possible this whole video is fabricated? I just cannot believe my ears.
Here’s a sample of what he says:
I was raped or molested as a young boy. It happened…I was left to deal with it alone…I screamed to God every night that He would take away my sins and thoughts and resulting homosexual tendencies. My life kept spiraling out of control. I became a sexual addict and turned to pornorpgrahy.
I’m sorry if you are uncomfortable. I just want you to hear me out. I’m not trying to tell you what to do.
I thought sexual thoughts about both men and women and started messing around with others who had similar tendencies. The only way I knew how to survive was to perform…every aspect of my life was filled with lies.
I even started thinking of ways to end my life so that I would not hurt anyone else.
He then shares of how he became a pilot. He started as a gate agent, then enrolled in flight training, then became a flight instructor for a regional airline after finishing flight school.
But then he returned to his sexual troubles:
During this whole time I am searching for answers in terms of my sexual trauma and sexuality. I got married to a woman almost five years ago. I could not tell her about my pain and struggle with homosexuality. Even though I was in love with her.
Just over one year into the marriage I began to give into the pressure of being gay. I asked other gay crew members questions about their lifestyle and what led them to becoming gay. Pretty soon I was taking part in that lifestyle. I would have sex with men and come home from work trips and pretend nothing happened…
Ultimately, I want to share the love of Christ with you. If you feel uncomfortable that’s fine, but I will talk to you in the gate area. Thank you so much.
It is clear the pilot is reading a script, as if this is how he signs off on all of his flights. Based upon the American Way magazines in the seatback pockets, it appears this video was filmed onboard a Boeing 737 sometime in June 2021 at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).
Live and Let’s Fly has reached out to American Airlines for comment and will update this post once we hear back.
What Did We Just Hear?
The pilot presented his testimony. In evangelical realms of Christianity, this is commonly offered before an immersion baptism, a personal story of one’s journey to Jesus. We do not have the full video so there may be additional context missing, but beyond the troubling language, his video lacks any theological foundation for his faith. Instead, it is simply a laundry lists of what he views as sin, with a quick “but Jesus” at the end.
Writing as a Christian, from an apologetical framework I cannot think of a more inadequate testimony. Without offering a foundation for the hope that is within him, he comes across as a condescending, undiscerning fool. My own testimony does not focus on me, but on who Jesus is.
Imagine if my four-year-old son was on that flight…
Daddy, what’s pornography? What does “have sex” mean?
The subject matter of his testimony was wholly inappropriate. An airplane is not the forum to hold an audience hostage, even if you sincerely believe your words may save people from hell. His expressed struggle with suicide is also very concerning.
Based upon the video, I don’t believe the pilot is suited to fly. It has nothing to do with cancelling his Christian faith and everything to do with his lack of discernment in knowing when to speak and when to hold his tongue.
I do not doubt the sincerity of this man. But his comments are wholly inappropriate onboard an airplane when speaking to a captive audience. His commandeering of the PA system and his use of highly inflammatory language concerning homosexuals and sexuality in general is disturbing. If he lacks the discernment to know when to speak, I would not feel safe stepping onto his airplane.