The plaid shirt-wearing Boeing 777 simulator "pilot of the people" Mitchel Casado has been fired by his employer, uFly. Casado's career was
hijacked brought into the pop culture spotlight by CNN's rental of uFly's simulator in their wall-to-wall coverage of the Malaysia Airlines 370 tragedy.
Claudio Teixeira, owner of uFly said Casado was fired today after being warned to dress more professionally, but did not change his wardrobe. Teixeira claimed he made Canadians "look very bad all over the world." He also said Casado hadn't come to work on Tuesday when the simulator had been booked by customers.
"Even though I let him be on TV, he shamed us Canadians and shamed my company with the way he was dressing like he was 15 years old. People were complaining that it wasn't professional at all... I am the boss. I am the owner. I put in the money. It has to be my rules. If you don't agree with them, you have to find another job."
Casado posted this tweet this morning:
Casado had become popular during CNN's coverage, as a lot of viewers felt sorry for him having to fly the sim for 12 to 18 hours per day with CNN reporter Martin Savidge. Teixeira said he gave Casado two weeks pay as severance.
Soure: ABC News