American Airlines is receiving backlash over its response to a pilot’s ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ bag tag

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American Airlines aircraft. Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images
  • A Twitter user posted a photo of an American Airlines pilot with a “Let’s Go Brandon” bag tag.
  • American responded to the complaint saying it would send the information to the proper team.
  • The airline’s Twitter reply sparked backlash, with some users accusing American of a double standard.

American Airlines is receiving backlash over its Twitter response to a pilot’s “Let’s Go Brandon” bag tag.

On Saturday, Twitter user Dana Finley Morrison posted a now-private tweet of an American Airlines pilot’s bag tag featuring the words “Let’s Go Brandon.” The catchphrase was coined by conservatives after a NASCAR reporter misheard the crowd’s chant of “F*** Joe Biden” as “Let’s Go Brandon” last fall. The phrase is now used as an insult to President Biden.

In the tweet, Morrison tagged American Airlines and captioned it, “Y’all cool with your pilots displaying this kind of cowardly rhetoric on their crew luggage when they’re in uniform, about to board a plane? We are not the only passengers who noticed and were disgusted.”

Morrison has since protected her account, hiding the tweet, but screenshots were still shared across Twitter. 

 

American Airlines responded to the tweet but did not disclose if any action would be taken against the pilot. 

 

According to the New York Post, Morrison shared now-private messages that she said she had with the airline assuring her that the complaint was sent to the proper team.

American did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment; attempts to contact Morrison for comment were unsuccessful.

American’s response to Morrison’s tweet went viral, though both started receiving backlash from Twitter users who sided with the pilot. 

“Are you against freedom of speech? Because I’m more than happy to exercise my freedom of taking my AA status to another airline if you even consider action against the pilot,” one user said.

“If you allow BLM stickers, then you need to allow Lets Go Brandon stickers. Both are offensive to some people. Ban both or none,” another commented.

American Airlines started allowing their employees to wear Black Lives Matters pins in September 2020 in support of the social cause, though some workers expressed frustration because there was not a similar allowance for pins supporting law enforcement, according to The Dallas Morning News.

This is not the first time an airline has come under fire over the anti-Biden slogan. In October, an Associated Press reporter reportedly heard a Southwest Airlines pilot say “Let’s Go Brandon” during an announcement to passengers.