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White Delta Airlines pilot snaps on black air traffic controller in Atlanta

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Being an air traffic controller at the world’s busiest airport can be a stressful job. Only the best and most professional direct huge aircraft around Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. So it comes as a shock to many in the aviation community that a Delta Airlines pilot gets angry and snaps on an air traffic controller trying to do his job.

On July 25, 2014, a Delta Airlines pilot was apparently on the wrong runway. Rather than professionally figure out the issue, he chose to berate the unidentified air traffic controller. The controller did not lose his temper and remained professional the entire time. Even another aircraft’s pilot chimed in on the conversation.

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  1. Missy on July 30, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Why does this have to be about race? Did the pilot know the air-traffic controller was a black man he was speaking with?? Maybe the pilot is just an idiot…

  2. Jet guy on July 31, 2014 at 9:53 am

    A. We’re talking taxiways (M & L) vs. runways – BIG BIG difference.
    B. Absent specific instructions on how to join taxi way M, pilots have discretion to choose routing.
    C. How do you know the controller is black? (…and what does that have to do with anything?)
    D. All that said, this was not the Captain’s finest moment.

  3. sugarbutterbean on July 31, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    yes he knew he was black , that is how in some situations racism is administered , some people call on the phone about jobs trying to set up interview and been lied to cause they sound black …. some black people sound white so they dont get it as much but a white person who never grew up around blacks know the voices , i can tell he was being racist its just his tone , he want to show that the black air traffic contrl was illiterate and mean.. they always trying to make us out to be a problem , when their racist attitude was the real problem … look how they treated the arkansas 9 chhildren , those whites backthen still exist today they dont think blacks deserve to walk on the same side walk as they or eat in the same building … this is a form of the most eveil behavior since the start of man and trust me god knows all .. all who acted like they are better than others got hell to pay onjudgement day

  4. Jam on August 2, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Sounds like the pilot is the one with the attitude. Go figure.

  5. butterbeansuga on August 9, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    the pilot need to be fired since , its part of the job detail to follow the traffic controlers dierections and advice .. how you gonna tell someone you dont like their attitude .. he told him thats my job to do i tell everyone to do this thats my job the traffic controller he kept it moving and he tried to ignore the ignorant pilot who oviousl y had a miserable flight .. he sounded like a young white man with grudges and racism in his mind .. i could tell the air traffic controller was black .. he did handle that perfect . he ignored the pilots ignorant comments and kept it business , the pilot was mess and unprofessional he has people lives in his hand and all he can do is argue with athe only person who can assure an good landing >> > dummy