Southwest Airlines Pilot Berates Anti-Maskers on Flight in Viral Video

Videos have emerged showing a pilot on board a Southwest plane berating those who refuse to comply with mask mandates on flights.

The three clips were posted to TikTok by Krista Schrader, where they have since been viewed more than 3 million times all together.

During the clips, the pilot, who is referred to a Captain Phillips, explains that passengers can take their masks down in order to eat, joking that smart people would have bought a "seven pound bag of potatoes chips" from Costco which would have lasted the entire flight, not a bag of Cheetos which most people would have already eaten.

The pilot then goes on to explain that there "is not an eye roll that you can give me that I haven't seen 750,000 times in the last year" with regards to the enforcing of masks on all flights.

"I know you don't like them. I don't like them either. We have to wear them; it's a rule, not a political statement. It's not me taking your rights away, it's not me inserting my will on you, etcetera, etcetera," the pilot said.

"All the rhetoric that I hear, I don't want to hear it anymore. It's just a rule and if we don't have rules, we have anarchy."


Reply to @kristaschrader This @flysouthwest pilots joke wasn’t an opinion on masks, he asked us to wear it. It was just a comedic break, nothing more.

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The pilot then goes on to explain that people not wearing masks as they walk around during the flight are posing a danger to his crew and "I love them more than you."

The pilot adds: "When you listen to what I have to say. I look really cool in front of them. After all, look at me; I'm a man in polyester pants, and a short sleeve dress shirt, cool is not exactly my middle name right now."

After posting the clips, Schrader said that some people commenting on the video thought the pilot was not actually asking the passengers to wear masks, which she said was not the case.

"He did ask us to wear masks, the joke was a comedic break following this regarding those who don't want to," Schrader wrote.

"Just wanted to clarify because he did follow protocol and I don't want what he said to get twisted—he was a great pilot just doing his job."

In response to one comment on the third video reading "tough crowd haha," due to the fairly muted response, Schrader explained that at the time it was almost 10 p.m. and most of the passengers were from a connecting flight.

"We were laughing in spirit," she added.

Southwest and Schrader have been contacted for comment.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there have been 2,666 mask-related incidents on board flights so far in 2021, as of July 26.

Federal laws requiring people to wear a mask at all times in airports and throughout the flight are set to remain until at least September 13.

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(File photo) Southwest Airlines planes taxi on the runway at airline's hub at Dallas Love Field March 12, 2008, in Dallas, Texas. Videos of a pilot on board a SouthWest plane berating those who refuse to comply with mask mandates has gone viral. Rick Gershon/Getty Images