A Delta airlines pilot and an air-traffic controller recently got into an argument that was recorded and posted on the Internet.
The testy exchange (audio below) was uploaded to the website Liveatc.net where airplane buffs listen to these types of recordings.
According to The Washington Post, an unidentified Delta Airlines pilot on Flight 2422 was supposed to use a runway called "Mike," but was going towards a different runway named "Lima" at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Looks like you joined Lima,” the air-traffic controller informed the pilot, who fired back, “Hey, you know what, we’ll taxi out there any way we want unless you tell us to, I don’t like your attitude.”
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The air-traffic controller then stated, “I don’t have an attitude, sir. I’m just saying it looks like you joined Lima instead of Mike and I’m just trying to correct you before you stay on Lima."
“Like oh my God, there’s another plane out there, like six miles away,” the pilot responded. “Your attitude is really something sir. We’re out here on Mike. Good morning.”
“There was no attitude," insisted the air-traffic controller. "I was just trying to correct you. 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,” the pilot said. “We’re out on Mike and you didn’t tell us how to get there, so next time you can try doing that.”
Towards the end of the exchange someone in the tower says, “Settle down, Captain Happy,” notes Mediaite.com.
(The squabble begins at the 1:50 mark)