Posted tagged ‘Southwest’

Southwest Airlines Checks Planes for Cracks

April 4, 2011

Southwest Airlines expects to cancel approximately 100 flights today as investigators continue inspecting its fleet after a mid air incident on a Sacramento bound flight last week.

Seriously…I cannot imagine being mid flight and losing a portion of the cabin. I’d probably have a bit of a panic attack 🙂

From CNN:

The Texas-based airline grounded 79 planes for inspection after a hole opened on top of a Boeing 737 mid-flight Friday.

It canceled approximately 600 flights to accommodate the inspections: 300 on Saturday and 300 flights on Sunday.

So far, investigators have found indications of cracks in three other aircraft, the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday.

Of the planes inspected, 19 had returned to service by Sunday afternoon, the airline said.

Mother, Son Kicked Off Southwest Airlines Flight

October 30, 2009

UPDATE: Southwest Airlines has apologized for kicking the mother and son off of the flight.

Pamela Root and her son, Adam, were on their way home to San Jose, California (where I live) when they were kicked off Southwest Flight 637 on Monday afternoon. The reason? The child wanted dad, wanted to take off, and was a bit too loud for the crew and passengers.

Usually my kids are great on flights, but I’ve been in this position before. I would guess that the child would have given in once the flight took off, but they were never given the chance. I REALLY hope that Southwest Airlines looks into this, at least to find out more about what happened. Was the child kicked off immediately? Was the mother given a few minutes to settle him down? Was he kicking seats or causing a major disruption (if this is the case then it is definitely justified). I always fly with Southwest and would hate to see this issue not be at least looked into for all of the facts.

While I understand that there are those who will say that the mother and child should have been removed, without all of the details, I would have to disagree just because I’ve been on MANY flights with kids who are unruly like this and I’ve just learned thatit’s just a part of life.

As a parent, I know what it’s like to have a child who can be difficult at times. Like I said before, most of the time, my kids are great on flights. We even get compliments from other passengers who appreciate how good they are, and we always love that! But there are times when they aren’t, I would hate to be removed from a flight because we were having trouble getting them to settle down. Sometimes it takes longer than other times, but eventually, they do relax. Food always helps, their medicine helps too. Keeping them awake through their nap time until the flight is great because many times, they’re asleep before the plane takes off! It may sound funny, but even other supportive passengers can help!

We do our best as good parents to respect those around us. If you want to read about a bad parent, then you should check out my posts on Casey Anthony.

On this issue, feel free to agree or disagree with me. That’s what discussion is for 🙂

From the San Jose Mercury News:

Pamela Root’s 2-year-old son was screaming for the Southwest Airlines plane to “Go! Plane! Go!”

“I want Daddy!” Adam shouted. Over and over again.

Despite her embarrassment, the stay-at-home San Jose mom remained confident that once the plane took off and she fed him, Adam would calm down and take a nap — just as he had on the half-dozen other plane rides with Mom.

The flight crew wasn’t willing to find out.

With her luggage heading back home without her, Root was stuck in

Amarillo, Texas, and forced to buy a portable crib and diapers and stay another night with her parents. Still fuming, she wants Southwest to apologize and compensate her for the flight and things she bought. Adam’s father, Mike Root, a software engineer at Symantec, who was waiting for them in San Jose, is also livid.

Southwest, with its fun and family-friendly reputation, immediately began looking into the matter on Thursday at the request of the Mercury News. Spokeswoman Marilee McInnis said it’s “very rare” to ask someone to leave a flight, and especially “unusual” to remove a crying child.

From the New York Times:

The Oakland Tribune is reporting that a Southwest Airlines crew ordered Pamela Root and her young son off a flight from Amarillo back home to San Jose this week, because the boy was screaming “Go! Plane! Go!”

“I want Daddy!” repeatedly while the jet waited in line for takeoff. Root told reporter Lisa Fernandez that she had seen Adam like this before. Her strategy was to wait to feed him until after the plane took off, she says, which made him a little cranky for a short while, but insured that he would soon calm down and take a nap.

The plane returned to the gate for what the pilot described as “a passenger issue” which was the first Root knew she and her son were being forced to deplane. As she describes it, the conversation with the attendant who escorted her off went something like this:

“We just can’t tolerate that for two hours.”
“He’ll be fine once we take off.”
“We’ve heard that before.”


Southwest Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing

July 13, 2009

According to Southwest Airlines, one of the airlines jets made an emergency landing in Charleston, West Virginia, today after a hole in its fuselage caused the cabin to depressurize.

From CNN:

There were no injuries aboard the Boeing 737, which was traveling at about 30,000 feet when the problem occurred, Southwest spokeswoman Marilee McInnis told CNN.

The sudden drop in cabin pressure caused the jet’s oxygen masks to deploy.

Southwest Flight 2294 was en route from Nashville, Tennessee, to Baltimore, Maryland, with 126 passengers and a crew of five aboard, McInnis said.

It landed at 5:10 p.m. after the crew reported a football-sized hole in the middle of the cabin near the top of the aircraft, McInnis said.

What caused the damage to the jet had not been determined, she said. Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident, FAA spokeswoman Holly Baker said.

Southwest CEO: Air Traffic Fizzling in May

May 20, 2009

Interesting article.

CEO Gary Kelly of Southwest Airlines says an April boost in travel has fizzled in May, which has forced the company to speed up plans to raise more revenue.

I fly Southwest as often as I can and I’ve seen both Southwest and Alaska Airlines flights that were nowhere near full. Very sad as these are two of the best in the business,  in my opinion.

From the Associated Press:

Chief Executive Gary Kelly said Wednesday that the airline has been hurt by the swine flu outbreak, which made travelers nervous about getting on a plane.

The global economic slowdown has left Southwest uncertain what the rest of the year will bring.

“June is typically our strongest month of the year, so I think June will tell us a lot,” Kelly told reporters after the company’s annual shareholder meeting.

American Airlines parent AMR Corp. also held its annual meeting a few miles away in Fort Worth. Employees — and in one case, the teenage son of employees — challenged CEO Gerard Arpey over AMR’s reluctance to approve pay raises.

Times are tough at American, until last year the world’s largest airline, and at Southwest, which now carries more U.S. passengers than any carrier.

Southwest Airlines to Offer Service to New York

April 7, 2009

Southwest Airlines said today that they will begin flights to New York’s LaGuardia Airport in June, the carrier’s first entry into the major market.

I have always LOVED Southwest Airlines and am happy to see them finally serving the New York market.

From the Associated Press:

The Dallas-based company will have eight daily nonstop flights — five between LaGuardia and Chicago Midway and three between LaGuardia and Baltimore/Washington. A one-way ticket to Baltimore/Washington will run $49, while a Chicago one-way fare will cost $89 if purchased 14 days in advance.

Southwest will also provide direct or connecting service from New York to locations such as Las Vegas, Denver, Seattle, San Diego and Los Angeles.

In December Southwest agreed to pay $7.5 million for assets of ATA Airlines, including 14 takeoff and landing slots at LaGuardia, after receiving a bankruptcy judge’s approval. At the time the purchase was somewhat of a departure for the airline, as it had previously steered clear of service at congested urban airports in favor of secondary airports where crews could service and clean planes and get them back in the air quickly.

The LaGuardia addition will now put Southwest in the company of low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways Corp., which also services the airport but does not provide Chicago or Baltimore/Washington flights from the hub. JetBlue does however offer flights to the cities from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Prior to LaGuardia, Southwest’s closest hub for New York-based travelers was Long Island’s Islip Airport.