Listen To ‘Captain Happy’ Pilot Argue With An Air Traffic Controller

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With long security lines and annoying baggage fees, it’s easy to understand why us passengers get grumpy while flying the friendly skies.

It’s not so clear, however, why one Delta pilot had a serious case of the Mondays, while flying into Atlanta.

He got into a heated exchange with an air traffic controller after the employee was trying to alert him that he was approaching the wrong taxiway.

“Hey, you know what? We’ll taxi out there any way we want unless you tell us to. I don’t like your attitude,” the pilot snapped.

“I don’t have an attitude; I’m just saying it looks like you joined Lima [a taxiway] instead of Mike [another taxiway], and I’m just trying to correct you before you stay on Lima,” the air-traffic controller explained.

“Like, oh my God, there’s another plane out there, like six miles away,” the pilot ranted. “Your attitude is really something, sir. We’re out here on Mike. Good morning.”

“Good morning. There was no attitude. I was just trying to correct you,” the air-traffic controller responded. “That’s my job to correct you if you mess up, and make sure everybody’s doing what I ask them to do for certain reasons.”

“All right, I make a mistake every two to three minutes, but my attitude is not like yours. We’re out on Mike, and you didn’t tell us how to get there, so next time you can try doing that,” the pilot said.

But the best part? Another pilot on the same frequency chimes in to scold the cranky pilot, “Settle down, Capt. Happy.”

Delta has launched an investigation, but maintain that the passengers’ safety was “never in question.” Take a listen at 1:55 into the clip to hear how it all went down:


-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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