Captain Neil Swindells, the new union boss representing United pilots, has offered an apology…to those he offended.
United Airlines Captain Neil Swindells Offers Apology To Union Brethren For His Online Conduct
Swindells, a Boeing 787 captain based in Chicago, was elected Chairman of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) Monday in a close 9-8 vote by United MEC members. The United MEC is part of the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA), representing pilots for a number of airlines including Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, FedEx, Hawaiian Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines.
After Live and Let’s Fly broke news yesterday of his incendiary online comments concerning women, homosexuals, and Jews, Swindles released the following statement yesterday evening:
December 20, 2022
Thank you again for the trust you have placed in me to lead the United MEC. Today, we concluded a two-day special MEC meeting on the heels of yesterday’s elections, held discussions on strategic planning, and approved opening a membership poll to begin on January 2. A survey will follow shortly thereafter.
I would like to address communications that have surfaced regarding things I posted on a private pilot forum. The language was often colorful, heated, and inappropriate. In retrospect, I wish that I had expressed myself differently. Those words do not represent what I stand for and I apologize to anyone I offended. As I stated in my opening message as MEC Chair, I intend to represent all pilots and am dedicated to bringing you an industry-leading contract. We have experienced significant internal turmoil over recent months and it is time for all of us to move forward together. I encourage you to participate in the coming polling and surveys so that your voice is heard.
Contract First, United Next.
Captain Neil Swindells
Reactions have been about as divided as the 9-8 vote that handed him the MEC Chair, with many pilots steadfastly supporting him while others questioning his fitness for service in light of his questionable history of online postings.
If you thought his incendiary social media posts were bad yesterday, there’s more where that came from. Stay tuned.
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