A Southwest Airlines pilot flying to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico threatened to turn the flight back after passengers wouldn’t stop sending nude photos to him via iPhone AirDrop. The Apple feature allows photos and other files to be transferred to other Apple devices without cellular data or WiFi.
- Apparently, this is something people found funny. While it’s unclear if the guilty passengers knew it was the pilot’s phone they were inundating with rude images, it’s clear that the guilty parties believed what they were doing was hilarious. Unfortunately for them, the pilot didn’t think so.
- The pilot came onto the plane’s intercom to warn passengers. “So here’s the deal, if this continues while we’re on the ground, I’m going to have to pull back to the gate, everybody’s going to have to get off, we’re going to have to get security involved and [your] vacation is going to be ruined,” the pilot can be heard saying in a clip from the flight uploaded to TikTok by @TeighMars. “So you folks, whatever that AirDrop thing is, quit sending naked pictures, and let’s get yourself to Cabo.”
- The flight did actually make it to its destination. While the pilot didn’t actually have to turn the flight back (and it’s unclear if he legally would have been able to do so), the plane did land in Mexico as scheduled. However, Southwest Airlines insists they wouldn’t hesitate to take action in future. “The safety, security and wellbeing of Customers and Employees is the Southwest Team’s highest priority at all times. When made aware of a potential problem, our employees address issues to support the comfort of those traveling with us,” the airline told The Post in a statement.
- People on social media had mixed responses. “Pilot had ‘Don’t make me turn this plane around!’ energy Love it!” one person wrote. However, another commentator didn’t think it was funny, writing: “The Captain is in charge. He gave a fair warning. People need to stop doing this stuff on airplanes.”