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Pilot bans political debate on flight after ‘scuffle’ between passengers

SAN FRANCISCO — A pilot for United Airlines delivered quite the speech after some passengers got into a heated political debate.

It happened on a flight from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and the speech was recorded and posted to YouTube.

The man who shot the video told KGO-TV the pilot made the announcement after two people got into a “scuffle” about the presidential election results.

“He said, ‘At least I get to keep my guns.’ And then she said, ‘How can you say that to a brown person’ and she’s African American,” the passenger said.

A United Airlines spokesman told KGO that flight attendants separated them before the pilot’s announcement.

“I understand everybody has their opinions; that’s fine. If you support him, great. If you don’t, I understand,” the pilot said.

But, when the flight is on its way to Mexico, they’re “supposed to be having a good time.” He also suggests a plane probably is not the best place to have a political discussion.

He goes on to say nobody is going to change anybody else’s mind by arguing and maybe it’s best to wait until we can talk calmly about the election

“Nobody wants to argue. Nobody’s going to change their minds by arguing, and let’s keep our opinions to ourselves on this particular matter at this particular time,” the pilot says.

“When cooler heads prevail and we can talk and realize that we’re all human beings and we can all stick together and we can all pull for this country in our own way, then that’s what we should do.”

He wraps up his speech by basically telling people to take another flight if they don’t like it.

“If there’s anyone who has a problem with this, that needs to vent or rant or rave, there’s another flight tomorrow. They’re not going to be on this one.”