Woman Kicked Off Plane For Unruly Behavior, Goes Back To Airport To Be Even More Disruptive

Woman Kicked Off Plane For Unruly Behavior, Goes Back To Airport To Be Even More Disruptive

A female passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight threw her name into consideration for Most Aggressively Annoying Person On Earth over the weekend. Not only did she cause her flight to make an unscheduled landing, she later returned to the airport to wreak even more havoc. [More]

Southwest Celebrates 39th Birthday With $39 Fares

Southwest Celebrates 39th Birthday With $39 Fares

Southwest Airlines, which doesn’t look a day over 35, is celebrating its 39th birthday this week with a 3-day sale, offering fares as low as $39 each way for travel between Sept. 8 and Nov. 17. [More]

Southwest Airlines' Rabbit Rejection Letter Not Going Over Well

Southwest Airlines' Rabbit Rejection Letter Not Going Over Well

We’re pretty sure the person who wrote this rejection letter meant well, but it’s not being received with enthusiasm among rabbit-owning customers who want to be able to fly with their pets on Southwest. Southwest allows dogs and cats, so a group of bunny owners put together a petition and mailed it off to the airline. A scan of the response, which was recently posted on BunSpace.com and forwarded along to us, shows a letter full of cringe-inducing puns and a suggestion to buy their pets some “Hare Jordans” if they want them to fly. [More]

Watch Boeing Build A Plane For Southwest

Watch Boeing Build A Plane For Southwest

This time-lapse video of a Boeing manufacturing facility is pretty awesome, if you’re into watching “how it’s made” type stuff or if you like to see sped-up footage of people. I recommend keeping the volume down and making up your own sound effects starting at 1:03, when employees begin to test everything on the plane. [More]

Hawaiian Airlines Tops Quality Study, American Eagle Falls Flat

Hawaiian Airlines Tops Quality Study, American Eagle Falls Flat

For the second year in a row, Hawaiian Airlines has topped a study that ranks 18 commercial carriers according to a formula that accounts for everything from on-time arrivals/departures to baggage handling to customer complaints. On the bottom end of the rankings was American Eagle. [More]

AirTran Makes Fun Of Southwest Seating In Commercial

AirTran Makes Fun Of Southwest Seating In Commercial

If you’ve ever been part of the mad dash for seats on a Southwest Airlines flight, you might find this video from AirTran funny. In it, mooing passengers race down the jetway while a Southwest employee makes ridiculous jokes. Meanwhile, AirTran serves its assigned-seat passengers Kool-Aid. Wait, now I’m confused about who’s being mocked here. [More]

Kevin Smith Says He Is Not Too Fat To Fly Southwest

Kevin Smith Says He Is Not Too Fat To Fly Southwest

Filmmaker Kevin Smith was thrown off a Southwest flight for taking up too much space, according to the airline, which has admitted communication errors led to the incident. Smith says he fit in his seat easily and was unfairly singled out. After telling his side of the story via Twitter in piecemeal fashion over the past couple days, Smith finally channeled his story into a cohesive blog post. [More]

Southwest Flight Forced To Land After In-Flight Entertainment Turns Out To Be A Live Birth

Southwest Flight Forced To Land After In-Flight Entertainment Turns Out To Be A Live Birth

A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Salt Lake City was forced to land in Denver this morning, after a passenger on the flight surprised everyone by producing a baby in mid-air. [More]

Southwest Suddenly Decides Man Is Too Fat To Fly — Again

Southwest Suddenly Decides Man Is Too Fat To Fly — Again

We thought this issue was taken care of the last time a Las Vegas Southwest employee randomly stopped someone from flying without checking to see if they could actually sit in a seat with the arms down (per Southwest’s policy), but apparently not. Now a Chicagoland man says he was stopped from boarding a return flight home to Chicago because he was too big (6’2″ 350lbs), but he airline wouldn’t allow him to prove that he could fit in the seat.

People Love Airplane Wi-Fi, But They Don't Love Paying For It

People Love Airplane Wi-Fi, But They Don't Love Paying For It

The WSJ’s latest “Middle Seat” column is about that holy grail for all internet-lovers — airplane Wi-Fi. It turns out that people love, love, love it… but pay for it? Nah.

Southwest Customer Exposes Self, Punches Another Passenger, Then Strips Naked

Southwest Customer Exposes Self, Punches Another Passenger, Then Strips Naked

Here’s an issue you probably didn’t expect to run into on your flight from Oakland to Las Vegas. According to the SF Chronicle, a man exposed himself, then punched a passenger who screamed. After that, he decided to strip naked and resist while flight attendants and other passengers subdued him. The flight was turned around and both the man and the woman he punched were taken to the hospital. They apparently don’t know each other, and the man is wanted on drug charges.

Wi-Fi Coming To Southwest Airlines Next Year

Wi-Fi Coming To Southwest Airlines Next Year

Southwest says a test of Wi-Fi on its planes was successful, so they’re going to expand the service to all of their planes next year.

Southwest Jet Grounded Due To Horrific Burning Smell: Turns Out It Was Just The Coffee Maker

An early morning Southwest flight headed to Orlando from Connecticut only got as far as Long Island this weekend, after an inexplicable burning smell at the back of the plane forced an early landing. Turns out the unexplained smell was, well, something we’re only too familiar with: airline coffee. The plane was quickly cleaned up and put back into operation. But let’s call it a brewed awakening.

Scorpions On A Plane: Southwest Passenger Bitten By Venomous Beast, Panic Ensues

Scorpions On A Plane: Southwest Passenger Bitten By Venomous Beast, Panic Ensues

Doug Herbstommer and his 10-year-old son were preparing to disembark from a Phoenix flight when a three-inch poisonous bark scorpion dropped from the overhead compartment and bit Doug on the hand. On closer inspection, five more scorpions were found nestling nearby. Passengers started to scream and jump up onto their seats. Why, is there something scary about a bunch of poisonous scorpions whose bite can cause extreme pain, frothing at the mouth, and temporary paralysis??!?

Southwest Jet Makes Emergency Landing After Gremlin Rips Hole In Fuselage

Southwest Jet Makes Emergency Landing After Gremlin Rips Hole In Fuselage

Southwest Airlines flight 2298 made an emergency landing in West Virginia yesterday after a hole appeared on the top of the plane while in flight. “Passengers reported that they could see the sky through the rupture,” writes the Washington Post. It left Nashville around 4:05pm, but landed only 50 minutes later. According to this WPRI video clip, Southwest spent the night inspecting 181 of its Boeing 737-300 jets, and they say there should be no delays today.

Southwest Is Coming To LaGuardia. Hello, Price War!

Southwest Is Coming To LaGuardia. Hello, Price War!

Starting tomorrow, Southwest will fly out of New York‘s LaGuardia airport, which hopefully means that flying between New York, Boston, Chicago, and Washington is about to get a whole lot cheaper.

Southwest Apologizes To The Frequent Flyer Who Was Suddenly Too Big To Fly

Southwest Apologizes To The Frequent Flyer Who Was Suddenly Too Big To Fly

Southwest Airlines has apologized to Chip, the frequent business traveler who was denied boarding because he was too big to fly. If you recall, Chip, a self-described “big guy,” does not use a seat belt extender and says he has no trouble fitting into a standard airline seat.

Southwest Suddenly Decides Frequent Flyer Is Too Big To Fly

Southwest Suddenly Decides Frequent Flyer Is Too Big To Fly

This is reader Chip. He’s 6’1″ and says he flies twice a week for business, without incident, on Southwest Airlines. He is a self-described “big guy” but says he doesn’t have any problem sitting in an airplane seat — and doesn’t need a seat belt extender to do so. So, why did he suddenly get stopped at the gate and told he needed to buy a second ticket?