United Airlines pilot removed from flight after freaky rant over intercom

"She started off by saying that she had not voted for either Trump or Clinton because they're a bunch of liars".

A United Airlines pilot was removed from a plane bound for San Francisco International Airport after a freakish rant about politics and her divorce, reports CBS station KPIX in San Francisco. Don't worry, I'm gonna let my co-pilot fly it - he's a man.

In a ball cap and casual shirt, the pilot remarked on her appearance after she boarded the flight at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in the late afternoon, passenger Randy Reiss wrote on Twitter.

In a statement, United Airlines told KXAN, "We hold our employees to the highest standards and replaced this pilot with a new one to operate the flight, which we expect will depart shortly".

Passengers tweeted about the incident, indicating they were scared and thought the pilot wasn't mentally capable at the time to fly the plane.

"Did I offend you?" she says to someone in first class.

"If you don't feel safe, get off the airplane". Then the pilot addressed her divorce. But otherwise we can go.

One passenger posted a clip on YouTube of the high-flying freak out, but later took it down.

"It quickly went from playful to scary", Reiss said. Austin police also confirmed Saturday evening that the pilot was removed from the plane.

United brought in another pilot, and the plane departed without further incident.

A new crew came in to complete the flight.

"We removed her from the flight, (and) we're going to discuss this matter with her", Hobart said, according to the Austin-American Statesman.

  • Salvatore Jensen