Passengers aboard a recent Southwest Airlines flight to Mexico received a complimentary gift on their phones before takeoff. Unfortunately, most of them didn’t want it.
As the air travelers were all preparing to take off from Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, an unidentified person sent them a nude photo of a man via AirDrop, an Apple app that allows users to share files wirelessly.
When the unnamed pilot of the plane got wind of the inappropriate photo, he took to the intercom and asked everyone to behave, or else, he said, he’d be forced to turn the plane around. Though it is unknown whether the pilot is a father himself, he certainly channeled a dad persona in that moment.
“So here’s the deal,” the pilot said. “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.”
“So you folks, whatever that AirDrop thing is,” the dad voice added, “quit sending naked pictures. Let’s get yourself to Cabo.”
Passenger Teighlor Marsalis captured the speech on her phone and posted it to TikTok on August 25. The video currently has over 2 million views.
Marsalis, 30, told reporters that she and her husband, Blaine, were aboard the plane, heading to Cabo for a vacation. She allegedly received an AirDrop notification while she was sitting in her seat, waiting to taxi to the runway. She declined the shared document, though two women sitting near her accepted it and shared its contents with her.
“It was a nude man that had AirDropped himself to everyone,” Marsalis said, though it’s unclear whether the man in the photo was on board as well.
Passengers reported the incident to a flight attendant, who then alerted the pilot. The pilot’s speech may have had its intended effect since, according to Marsalis, flight attendants resumed their preflight responsibilities within 10 minutes, and the plane took off and landed in Cabo without further incident.
Though Southwest hasn’t confirmed the event, it did release a statement.
“The safety, security and wellbeing of customers and employees is the Southwest team’s highest priority at all times,” the statement reads. “When made aware of a potential problem, our employees address issues to support the comfort of those traveling with us.”
A similar incident, known as cyber-flashing, occurred on another Southwest flight in June.
Sending unsolicited explicit photos is actually against the law in Texas, one of the only states to have banned it. Cyber-flashers can be fined up to $500 per offense.