The Southwest Airlines pilot whose anti-gay, misogynistic rant was captured over a stuck cockpit microphone in March has issued an apology to company employees. The pilot has been identified as 46-year-old Capt. James Fritzen Taylor of Argyle, north of Fort Worth. According to media reports, Taylor is married and lives with his wife and two children, ages 18 and 20, in an exclusive subdivision off Interstate 35. KPRC Channel 2 in Houston, which broke the story about Taylor’s rant, has obtained a copy of his apology dated today. Below is the full text:
June 28, 2011
To All Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants and all Employees:
Because of the impact of my comments, I wanted to communicate with you directly. Please accept my most sincere apology for the inappropriate and disrespectful remarks I made in March with an open microphone. I deeply regret the derogatory remarks I made and the hurt I have caused — I take full responsibility for those comments. It was truly insensitive of me and I would like all of you to know that from now on, I will show nothing but the utmost respect during my interactions with all employees.In addition, I would like to extend a special apology to all Flight Attendants, and especially those of Houston. I hope you will allow me to maintain a working relationship with all of you that will provide me the opportunity to extend an individual, personal apology to each one of you whenever we fly together. Please know that this event has forever changed me and I hope that others can learn from my mistake. I have learned a much-needed lesson to be more sensitive of others and I hope you will see me as a more tolerant and considerate person. I am proud to be employed by Southwest Airlines and I am committed to representing our Company, and its employees in the most professional way possible.
With My Sincere Regards,
Captain James Taylor