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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 »

Cop Helps Boy Get Home After Dad Dies on Vacation

Police officer traded his reward miles to get boy a flight

(Newser) - It should have been a dream father-son vacation. Instead, a 13-year-old Illinois boy was left stranded alone in California when his 37-year-old dad died unexpected Sunday, reports My News LA . Because the boy had missed his scheduled flight home amid the chaos and had no relatives in the area, officers... More »

Student Booted From Flight Over Phone Call

Khairuldeen Makhzoomi calls it anti-Muslim bias

(Newser) - Southwest Airlines recently removed a college student from a flight after he was heard speaking Arabic on his cellphone, the New York Times reports. The student, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi—who had emigrated to the US from Iraq with his family in 2010—says he was only talking about a dinner he... More »

Widow: Flight Crew Wouldn't Let Me Save Husband

Husband texted her about his suicide, but she coudn't call for help

(Newser) - A rough story out of Wisconsin, where a woman on a plane waiting to take off says she received a text from her suicidal husband but was not allowed to call him or summon help. By the time the plane landed, her husband was dead. Karen Momsen-Evers tells Scripps Media... More »

Southwest Tweaks Its Seat Design

And it's not what you think

(Newser) - You are now free to ... have that extra piece of cake? Southwest has unveiled the new seats in its future Boeing 737s, and they're unique in that they're giving you a little more room. Specifically, as Bloomberg reports, 0.7 inches more width, for a grand total of... More »

Southwest Is Flying Planes That Missed Inspections

FAA is OK with it, because inspections were for a backup system

(Newser) - Southwest notified the FAA yesterday of a serious oversight—it failed to conduct a mandatory inspection of some of its planes' rudder systems. Here's the weird part: The inspections still aren't done, but the planes are still flying. The FAA granted the airline an unusual waiver to keep... More »

Man Bashed by Falling Bag Sues Southwest for $49K

Claims he suffered compressed disc on 2013 incident

(Newser) - An airline passenger who says he was injured when a suitcase fell on him as a passenger was trying to cram another bag into the bin over his head is suing Southwest Airlines. According to Jeffrey Reinhardt's $49,000 lawsuit, he suffered a compressed disc and tears to his... More »

Plane Gets New Passenger Between Airports

Southwest craft makes emergency landing after baby is born on SFO-PHX flight

(Newser) - A baby born yesterday probably has more frequent-flier miles than any other newborn alive. A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Phoenix from San Francisco made an emergency landing in LA not long after takeoff yesterday when a woman on board the plane went into labor and produced an addition to... More »

Man Denied Defibrillator Over Chest Hair, Says His Widow

Jack Jordan suffered fatal heart attack on Southwest flight

(Newser) - During a Southwest Airlines flight in April, Caroline Jordan's husband, Jack, had a massive heart attack. A physical therapist and hospice nurse on board quickly gave him CPR, she tells WABC . That's when Jordan noticed a defibrillator nearby ... not being used. When another passenger asked why, a flight... More »

Southwest Deplanes Family Over Dad's Critical Tweet

Gate agent didn't like that tweet mentioned her name

(Newser) - Think twice before you tweet—it could get you kicked off a plane. After Duff Watson used Twitter to complain about a Southwest gate agent, he was deemed a safety threat, deplaned with his two young daughters, then threatened with police action unless he deleted the tweet. It all started... More »

Southwest Plane Lands at Wrong Airport

The flight bound for Branson, Mo., touched down 7 miles away

(Newser) - "The landing was uneventful, and all customers and crew are safe," says a Southwest Airlines rep of Flight 4013. So why is it making headlines? Because the flight, with 124 passengers and another five crew, was supposed to travel from Chicago's Midway to Branson Airport in southwest... More »

Another Terrifying Plane Landing

At least 10 injured as Southwest plane's landing gear collapses at LaGuardia

(Newser) - There was another too-dramatic plane landing last night, this time at New York's LaGuardia Airport, where the landing gear on a Southwest plane collapsed. Injury reports vary—the Wall Street Journal puts the figure at "more than 10", and says six passengers and three crew members have been... More »

Southwest Flier Told to 'Cover Cleavage'

Passenger slams agent's 'Big Feelings about my breasts'

(Newser) - Southwest Airlines has apologized and offered to refund a woman who was told she couldn't fly without covering her "inappropriate" cleavage, the New York Daily News reports. The woman—who gives her name as Avital—says she was boarding a flight from Las Vegas to New York earlier... More »

'Too Fat to Fly' Woman Sues Southwest

Overweight passenger wants airline to clarify policy

(Newser) - A woman who says a Southwest gate agent told her she was "too fat to fly" and needed to buy a second seat is suing the airline—not for money, but for an industry standard to be established for fliers who have to pay for an extra fare, reports... More »

Science Project Fuels Airport Bomb Scare

11 briefly detained over college student's robot

(Newser) - A college student's science project prompted a panic at Dallas Love Field airport yesterday, with authorities evacuating hundreds of people and detaining 11 passengers. As college students and their professor exited a Southwest Airlines plane that had flown in from Kansas City, one left a "robotic device" on... More »

Pilot Sparks Panic With 'Mom on Board' Greeting

Southwest passengers heard 'bomb'

(Newser) - A Southwest Airlines pilot gave passengers a scare when he issued a birthday greeting to the mother of an air traffic controller. Passengers panicked after hearing "mom on board" as "bomb on board," the New York Daily News reports. Airline staff rushed to reassure passengers and the... More »

Feds to Airlines: Stop Hiding Ticket Fees, Taxes

Carriers must advertise full price starting next month

(Newser) - Airlines will soon be forced to advertise the full price of tickets—including government taxes and fees—instead of a stripped-down price with an asterisk. The rule scheduled to go into effect in late January is designed to keep prospective fliers from getting a nasty surprise several steps into the... More »

Flier Gets Back Stolen Laptop Via Craigslist

It was swiped from her checked luggage with Southwest

(Newser) - A Southwest passenger whose laptop was stolen from a checked bag got it back with a handy bit of detective work. After Ambre Boroughs discovered her laptop bag was laptop-less, she complained to the airline only to find she was out of luck, reports NBC Chicago . She then searched on... More »

AirTran 'Customers of Size' Will Have to Buy 2 Seats

Southwest will bring its policy to the company

(Newser) - Now that Southwest Airlines has bought AirTran Airways and is beginning to integrate the company, AirTran will get a “customer of size” policy for the first time. Southwest’s policy requires that larger passengers, who cannot fit in one seat with the armrest down, purchase a second seat. AirTran... More »

Southwest: Profanity, Not Gay Kiss, Got Actress Booted

But Leisha Hailey still upset she was told it's a 'family airline'

(Newser) - Southwest Airlines originally stated that L Word actress Leisha Hailey was booted from her flight Sunday due to an excessive PDA with her girlfriend, but now the airline says it was actually profanity that got the couple removed from the plane. In a statement released yesterday, SWA says that additional... More »

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