A Southwest Airlines pilot had to tell passengers not to send nudes through AirDrop while preparing to fly a plane to Mexico (Picture: AP)
A Southwest Airlines pilot had to warn passengers he would ‘pull back to the gate’ and disembark the plane if they did not stop sending nude pictures over AirDrop.
‘Here’s the deal,’ the pilot can be heard saying over the intercom. ‘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 vacation is going to be ruined.’
‘Whatever that AirDrop thing is – quit sending naked pictures. Let’s get yourself to Cabo,’ the pilot added.
AirDrop is a file-sharing feature on Apple devices that allows users to send photos, videos, contact links and other files directly to someone else’s device.
The video, uploaded on August 25 by Teighlor Marsalis, has been shared and viewed nearly 3million times as of Wednesday. The bizarre announcement was made after a passenger received the nude image and complained to a flight attendant, Marsalis told Insider.
The video’s caption said the airline ‘takes airdropping nudes very seriously.’ It’s unclear exactly when Marsalis recorded the video.
Marsalis said she thought the pilot handled the odd scenario ‘perfectly.’ She said she also received a request for an AirDrop, but denied it.
In a statement, Southwest Airlines said the wellbeing of passengers was its ‘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.’
This isn’t the first time Southwest has made headlines over a bizarre situation taking place on one of their flights.
In April, a man who masturbated mid-flight at least four times was banned for life from the airline. The woman who sat next to him took pictures and reported him to a flight attendant after he had fallen asleep
At the time, a spokesperson said: ‘The situation was reported to crew members while in flight, and the Captain contacted law enforcement to meet the aircraft upon arrival.’
‘We immediately placed the passenger on our No-Fly List, resulting in a lifetime ban from traveling on Southwest.’
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