Southwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Unruly Passenger Tries Opening The Door

Southwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Unruly Passenger Tries Opening The Door

It’s common knowledge that airplane doors aren’t meant to be open while in flight. But that didn’t stop an unruly Southwest Airlines passenger from trying. [More]

Sunny Daydreams: Southwest Expands International Travel South Of The Border

Sunny Daydreams: Southwest Expands International Travel South Of The Border

With yet another snowstorm punishing the northeast today, Southwest Airlines knew we needed a dose of sun-soaked daydreams. The airline has expanded its international travel itinerary to include more sandy beaches. [More]

All these are worth less than a popular messaging app.

27 Major Companies That Are Worth Less Than WhatsApp

Just how big of a deal is the $19 billion WhatsApp is getting from Facebook in the acquisition announced yesterday? It’s a pretty freaking big deal — especially when you consider that there are a whole lot of major companies –including many that produce physical goods you can reach out and touch — that have been around longer than WhatsApp and are worth a lot less. [More]

Going South Of The Border: Southwest Announces First International Routes

Going South Of The Border: Southwest Announces First International Routes

Pack your bags for the sunny Caribbean (maybe not for a cruise, though) because bags are flying there for free now, along with passengers of course. Southwest Airlines just announced one of the most anticipated integration aspects of their 2011 merger with AirTran — international travel. [More]

There Are Two Airports In Branson, Mo. And This Southwest Flight Landed At The Wrong One

There Are Two Airports In Branson, Mo. And This Southwest Flight Landed At The Wrong One

Choices! They can be so hard to make, or perhaps just complicated and inexplicable. So much so that Southwest Airlines isn’t explaining why the crew of a flight from Chicago bound for one airport near Branson, Mo. airport decided to land at the other instead. [More]

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Southwest Pilot Learns He Should Stick To Words Like “Descending” And Not “We’re Going Down”

When I think about pilots learning to fly, I imagine a big chalkboard with the words PILOTING 101 front and center on Day 1. After “Keep the plane in the air when it’s supposed to be there and put it down safely when it’s supposed to be on the ground” I picture something along the lines of, “Don’t use the words ‘we’re going down’ when you really mean ‘We’re descending like how we’re supposed to and nothing is wrong.’ ” Even when you think the PA isn’t on.  [More]

Southwest Could Start Charging For Checked Bags, Says CEO

Southwest Could Start Charging For Checked Bags, Says CEO

While its competitors have been nickle/diming travelers for years with checked-bag fees, Southwest has done its best to equate its brand with the slogan “bags fly free.” But the airline’s CEO now says that he’s not completely averse to the whole notion of making a mountain of cash off baggage fees. [More]

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Passenger Sued By Southwest Worker After Taking Her Customer Service Gripe To Twitter

It’s very easy in these fast-paced technological times to take a customer service beef and basically broadcast it live over the Internet. But one Southwest passenger’s Twitter gripe over her four-year-old daughter getting assigned to a later boarding group has resulted in a lawsuit from the worker she complained about, alleging that the woman’s tweets and Facebook posts were defamatory and put the worker in a false light. [More]

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Change To Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Program Makes Scoring Some Free Flights Harder

Members of Southwest Airlines’ Rapid Rewards Program might want to read the recent email announcement closely, because it means travelers will have to rack up more points than before in order to score free flights in the airline’s cheapest pricing tier. Basically, the rewards won’t be reaped quite as rapidly. [More]

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Which Airlines Offer The Most Legroom For Free (Gasp!) On Domestic Flights?

Unless you cherish the feeling of your knees shoved up against the seat in front of you, more legroom on a flight is a creature comfort that many fliers cherish but few receive — except for an extra fee. But hold your gasps and shocked faces of disbelief, folks: You can actually get extra legroom in coach… for free. Okay go ahead, gasp now. [More]

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DOT Fines Southwest For Promoting Deals But Not Actually Making Seats Available At Sale Prices

Is a sale a sale when only a few people can actually take advantage of the deal, or if no one at all can get a piece of the advertised deal action? Nope, said the Department of Transportation, which has fined Southwest Airlines $200,000 for touting a sale that didn’t provide enough actual seats — or in one case, any at all — at the bargain price it advertised. [More]

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Even Astrophysicists Can’t Figure Out How To Make Flight Boarding Process Less Nightmarish

There are some people out there who are just so freaking smart it’s almost shocking when even they can’t begin to understand the most frustrating things in life. Like the process of herding passengers onto an airplane, an operation that at its most basic includes putting one foot in front of the other and stowing bags. But it’s so dang complicated, even an astrophysicist says he can’t figure out how to make the boarding line a less awful experience. [More]

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LaGuardia Delays Easing After Southwest Flight’s Landing Incident Closed A Runway Monday

Flight delays at LaGuardia Airport in New York City are finally easing up this morning, after a Southwest Airlines flight had an issue with its nose landing gear collapsing on the runway last night. At least 10 people suffered minor injuries and the airport had to close down temporarily while officials dealt with the incident, snarling traffic for hours. [More]

No more missing whatever it is those Kardashians do.

Dish Network Teams Up With Southwest To Offer Free Live TV On Flights With Wi-Fi

Soaring up in the wild blue yonder in a plane can be a heady experience, but some travelers just can’t bear to not be connected to what’s happening on the ground. Keeping in mind that some fliers don’t want to fork over money to buy Wi-Fi access despite that urge to stay in touch, Southwest Airlines and Dish Network are teaming up to offer free access to live TV while in flight. [More]

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No Explosives Found On Diverted Southwest Airlines Flight After Phoned-In Bomb Threat

Passengers likely had a bit of a scare yesterday, after their Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles was diverted to Phoenix instead of its Austin destination. The FBI said Monday that the flight had to change course after a “telephonic bomb threat was made.” That’s official speak for “someone called and said a bomb was on the plane.” However, no bombs or explosives have been found on the plane, authorities say. So, whew. [More]

Southwest Passenger Learns The Hard Way That Not All Checked Bags Are Treated Equally

Southwest Passenger Learns The Hard Way That Not All Checked Bags Are Treated Equally

In spite of all the technological developments in logistics and air travel, passengers’ bags still get lost, damaged, or stolen. Luckily there are remedies in place for such instances, allowing the passenger to be reimbursed for his or her loss. But many travelers may not know that these protections don’t apply to all checked bags. [More]

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Man Claims Southwest Humiliated Him By Pulling Him Off Flight Because He’s Overweight

When we hear the words “too fat to fly,” the airline that immediately pops up is Southwest. Of course there was the famous incident with Clerks director Kevin Smith back in 2010, as well as another woman who said the airline allegedly booted her from a flight for being overweight and sued Southwest to clarify its somewhat fickle “customers of size” policy. Now another man is claiming that he was pulled off a flight for being overweight, even though he says he used to be even heavier and never had a problem with the airline before. [More]

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Virgin America Soars Above The Rest In Annual Airline Survey While United Sinks To The Bottom

Every day, airlines shuttle passengers from here to there, through friendly (and not so friendly) skies, ferrying bags and losing luggage and touching down at airports all around the country. Some of those airlines are consistently a cut above the rest, while others just can’t seem to do anything right. According to this year’s Airline Quality Rating Survey, Virgin America is the cream of the crop while United Airlines is a long, long way from the top. [More]