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Passenger's Marijuana Break Blamed for Diverted Flight

Southwest flight from San Francisco cut short

(Newser) - A flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles made an unexpected landing in San Jose instead, apparently because a passenger was smoking pot in the bathroom, reports CBS Los Angeles . The offending passenger was turned over to authorities upon landing, and the other 32 people on board had to be... More »

Berkeley Coach: Airline Forced Me to Prove I'm Biracial Son's Mom

Cal basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb calls out Southwest

(Newser) - Lindsay Gottlieb, coach of the University of California at Berkeley women’s basketball team, has flown with her son "approx 50 times" with no incident. So she was "appalled," as she wrote in a series of tweets to Southwest Airlines Monday, that during her most recent trip... More »

Captain Replaced Hubby on Deadly Southwest Flight

Shift change was to allow Tammie Jo Shults to attend son's track meet

(Newser) - Tammie Jo Shults, the heroic ex-Navy pilot who successfully landed a Southwest plane with a shattered engine, wasn't supposed to be on the flight. Shults' husband, also a pilot, had been scheduled to captain Flight 1380 on April 17 but offered to switch with Shults so she could attend... More »

Pilots on Deadly Southwest Flight: We Used Hand Signals

ABC News offers snippet of Friday '20/20' interview with Tammie Jo Shults, Darren Ellisor

(Newser) - It's been nearly a month since a frightening Southwest flight that ended in the death of one passenger, and now the pilot with "nerves of steel" and her co-pilot are finally offering their takes. In a short clip promoting a longer 20/20 interview set to air Friday, pilot... More »

Southwest Plane Hit by Truck on Runway

No injuries reported in Baltimore incident

(Newser) - Passengers on board a Southwest Airlines flight from Florida say a pickup truck hit their plane on the runway at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. WJLA reports that the airline hasn't released any comment on the crash early Monday morning, aside from responding to a tweet from passenger Michael... More »

Exit-Aisle Window Cracks Mid-Flight on Southwest Plane

Luckily, all ended well

(Newser) - A Southwest Airlines plane flying from Chicago to New Jersey was forced to land in Cleveland on Wednesday after one of its windows cracked. The exit-aisle window cracked mid-flight, reports the New York Times , but the cabin never lost pressure as only one of the window's many plexiglass layers... More »

After Deadly Flight, Southwest Passengers Will Get $5K

Airline also will give them $1K travel vouchers after jet engine fatally injures woman

(Newser) - Southwest is sending a letter of apology, a $5,000 check, and a $1,000 travel voucher to passengers who were on a flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia following an engine explosion. Chairman Gary Kelly says in the letter that the money is to help cover any... More »

Passengers Weren't Using Oxygen Masks Correctly

The masks are supposed to cover the nose as well as the mouth

(Newser) - The first passenger fatality on a US airline in almost a decade seems unimaginable: Witnesses say 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan of New Mexico was partially sucked out of a Southwest Airlines plane Tuesday—she later died—when an engine exploded, smashing a window in her row. While rare, this kind of... More »

'I Thought We Were Goners'

Passenger describe terror on Flight 1380

(Newser) - Passengers say they went through 22 minutes of terror after an engine blew on a Southwest Airlines 737-700 Tuesday, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Some say they prayed and tried to comfort those around them as the oxygen masks fell amid a steep descent. Other say... More »

Passengers: Southwest Pilot Had 'Nerves of Steel'

Tammie Jo Shults praised as a hero

(Newser) - A woman was fatally injured when an engine blew on a Southwest Airlines flight with 149 people on board Tuesday—but survivors say it could have been a much greater tragedy if not for pilot Tammie Jo Shults. The 56-year-old, who was one of the first female fighter pilots in... More »

Woman Killed in Southwest Engine Explosion Identified

She was reportedly a New Mexico mom of two

(Newser) - A bank executive and mother of two from New Mexico has been identified as the woman who died after a Southwest Airlines jet plane blew an engine and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window. News of Jennifer Riordan's death was first shared by the assistant principal of... More »

1 Dead After Scary Southwest Emergency Landing

No further details were given on how victim was killed

(Newser) - One person died when a Southwest Airlines jet had to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday after the left side engine blew. In announcing the death, the National Transportation Safety Board chief did not offer any further details, but the Philadelphia Inquirer earlier reported that at least one... More »

Panicked Passengers Jump Off Wing After Emergency Landing

Southwest flight lands after crew notices strange smell in cabin

(Newser) - A Dallas-bound flight made an emergency landing at Albuquerque International Sunport, sending panicked passengers leaping from a wing onto the tarmac after crew members screamed at them to get away from the aircraft, passengers and officials said. Southwest Flight 3562 took off from Phoenix on Sunday night and was headed... More »

Emotional Support Dog Bites Child on Flight

Southwest says it will review policies for support, service animals

(Newser) - An emotional support dog bit a young girl's head before a Southwest Airlines flight Wednesday, leading to the removal of a passenger from the plane and a 20-minute delay, CBS News reports. Southwest spokesperson Melissa Ford tells Bloomberg the girl, who is around 6 years old, approached the dog... More »

Airline Cancels 220 Flights After Running Low on De-Icer

Southwest axed all flights from Chicago airport

(Newser) - Thousands of travelers booked on Southwest Airlines flights out of Chicago's Midway Airport had to change their plans after the airline found out that it didn't have enough de-icing fluid—for the second time this winter. An airline spokesperson said Southwest had "actively worked to manage" its... More »

Southwest, American to Pay Bonuses After Tax Bill

And also order more planes

(Newser) - Airlines are sharing some of their tax-law windfall with employees and Boeing, the AP reports. American and Southwest said Tuesday that they will pay employees bonuses of $1,000 each, a gesture that American said would cost $130 million. Southwest also said that it exercised options to buy more new... More »

Flyers Freak Out Over Being Denied Cigarettes, Champagne

In two separate incidents that both happened Saturday

(Newser) - It was an eventful weekend for some airline passengers, who had to deal with outbursts over champagne—and threats against their lives. First to Sacramento, where a woman was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight that arrived from Portland on Saturday, reports KOIN . Officials say the woman tampered with a... More »

Mid-Air Concerts Not Music to Some Flyers' Ears

Southwest announces new deal for in-flight performances

(Newser) - It's a good thing people aren't prone to panic, frustration, and anger when it comes to air travel. The Current reports Southwest Airlines and Warner Music Nashville announced a new deal this week that will see country musicians performing in-air concerts during some Southwest flights. And if that... More »

Surprise Help to the Rescue During Southwest Emergency

20 doctors stood up to help sick man who'd passed out during the flight

(Newser) - An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but a panicked cry for help on a plane can bring almost two dozen. That was the experience on a Southwest Airlines flight from Atlanta to Houston last week, NBC News reports, when retired Air Force Col. Tom McCay fell unconscious... More »

Cops: Okla. Airport Gunman Was Ex-Southwest Worker

He quit after refusing alcohol test last year

(Newser) - A man who gunned down a Southwest Airlines employee outside of Oklahoma City's airport likely did so in retaliation for having lost his own job with the airline last year, police said Wednesday. Lloyd Dean Buie, 45, killed 52-year-old Michael Winchester on Tuesday as Winchester was leaving work and... More »

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