A commercial airline pilot mostly follows instructions from ground-based controllers, as can be confirmed by listening to United Airlines’ channel 9. But the job properly requires some distinctive qualities, including
- good judgment
- responsibility to the welfare of the passengers
- responsiveness to evidence and facts, rather than superstition and hunches
- understanding the rules of a common carrier, and the basics of public service.
This jerk appears to lack all of the above, in addition to being personally an ignorant bigot and possibly cowardly. If Delta doesn’t put him on the street, I will go far out of my way if necessary to avoid using their service, and others should do the same. I don’t feature being delayed because a pilot suddenly has the idea to behave like an infant, nor fall out of the skies because he or she is crazy or detached from reality.