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Fasten your seat belts: Pilot's tirade about crew caught on tape

A recording of an airline pilot's expletive-laden, homophobic rant about his flight attendant colleagues has emerged after being inadvertently broadcast over an air traffic control channel.

The recording captured the Houston-based Southwest Airlines pilot, whom the company would not identify, talking with the first officer in the cockpit about his apparent lack of romantic interest in any of the "continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes" that he said are flight attendants for the airline.

"Eleven (expletive) over-the-top (expletive) (expletive) (expletive) homosexuals and a granny," the pilot can be heard saying, criticising the lack of eligible members of the opposite sex aboard a recent flight. "Eleven. I mean, think of the odds of that."

He later said Houston was "easily one of the ugliest bases," adding that, "I mean, it's all these (expletive) old dudes and grannies, and there's like maybe a handful of cute chicks."

The pilot was initially suspended without pay after the incident on March 25, although Southwest representatives would not say for how long. The mystery pilot has since been allowed to return to work after completing a course on diversity.

Asked to comment on the matter, airline spokeswoman Brandy King said: "That is an internal issue that we've dealt with directly with that employee, and we don't discuss employee matters publicly."