Pilot's Rant: Get Off the Plane If You Want to Fight About Politics

He urged "common decency."

In the wake of the divisive election, you might say that tempers are running hot in America. (Just a little.) But fighting about politics in a confined space hurtling through the air at 35,000 feet can simply not end well — or so says a commercial airline pilot who felt the need to intervene.

On a United flight traveling between San Francisco and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, passengers evidently got into a fight, which started when, "an individual with a 'plaid shirt and a camo cap' said something racist (about being 'glad to have kept his guns') to an African American lady, and she began to cry and freak out."

That's according to the YouTube description for the video that captured what happened next: The pilot, who'd been made aware of the situation, spoke through the plane's PA system to admonish everyone on board.

“I understand everybody has their opinions — that’s fine," he said. "However, we’re out here to go to Puerto Vallarta, supposed to be having a good time, and what I do ask is that as people we have the common decency to respect each others’ decisions and to get along on this three hour and 13 minute flight so that we can have a good time when we get down there.”

And the pilot issued not just a warning but also a threat: "Nobody's going to change their minds by arguing. Let's keep our opinions to ourselves on this particular matter at this particular time... If anybody has a problem with this, that needs to vent or rant or rave — there's another flight tomorrow. They're not going to be on this one. I hope that's clear."

Election-weary passengers then erupted in applause.

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