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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 »

Cops: Oklahoma Airport Murder Wasn't Random

Victim is the father of a Kansas City Chiefs player

(Newser) - Oklahoma City police investigators are trying to figure out why a man waited to gun down an airline employee outside Will Rogers World Airport in an ambush that prompted authorities to shut down the state's busiest airport for hours. Police Capt. Paco Balderrama says the suspected shooter was found... More »

Southwest Employee Killed in Airport Shooting

All flights have been canceled at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City

(Newser) - A Southwest Airlines employee has died after being shot at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, the AP reports. Southwest spokesperson Brandy King confirmed the victim was an employee and says in a news release that the airline is cancelling all flights scheduled to depart Oklahoma City for the... 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 »

8 Hurt After Plane Rolls Off Nashville Runway

Boeing 737 ended up in grass after landing

(Newser) - Officials say a plane has rolled off a runway at Nashville International Airport, injuring eight people. A Southwest Airlines spokeswoman said in an email Tuesday night that Flight 31 from Houston Hobby Airport to Nashville went off the taxiway around 5:20pm as it approached the arrival gate. She said... More »

Arabic Speaker Briefly Barred From Flight After Complaint

Other passenger was apparently uncomfortable

(Newser) - A Philadelphia man says he is humiliated and upset after he was briefly stopped from boarding a flight from Chicago when another passenger overheard him speak Arabic, making him uncomfortable. Pizza shop owner Maher Khalil emigrated from Palestine 15 years ago and is an American citizen. He says he had... 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 »

Plane Headed to Milwaukee Forced to Land in Denver

A Southwest statement referred to 'a pressurization issue'

(Newser) - A Southwest Airlines flight traveling from Las Vegas to Milwaukee was diverted to Denver last night after reporting a pressurization problem. Flight 100, which departed Las Vegas at 9pm Eastern, diverted to Denver after about 90 minutes. A spokesperson for the airport there tells the Denver Post that fire department... 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 »

Planes Collide at Airport, One Loses Wingtip

No passengers injured in LaGuardia incident

(Newser) - Some Christmas fliers got their wings clipped—literally. Two jets at New York's LaGuardia Airport got a little too close for comfort this morning, with one ripping the wingtip off the other. No passengers on either plane were injured. American Airlines Flight 1104 from Dallas was taxiing to its... 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 Cancels Flights Over Computer Glitch

About 60 scheduled for last night and this morning were scrapped

(Newser) - A system-wide computer failure forced Southwest Airlines to ground its entire fleet of airplanes preparing for departures late yesterday, and at least 57 flights had to be canceled even after service was fully restored hours later. A spokesman said 43 of the cancellations were flights scheduled for departures last night... 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 »

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