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Paying it Forward to West Africa

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Growing up in Ghana, West Africa, I faced many challenges.  I was lucky compared to most, especially since I was able to attend the university.  Now, as a Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant, I recognize that the opportunities I had at a young age helped me reach success. The challenges I faced growing up inspired me to help less fortunate kids in the neighborhood where... read more

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Going Green: Five Ways to Green Your Camping Trip

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Take full advantage of the outdoors these final weeks of summer and plan a camping trip with family or friends.  There is no better way to get in touch with nature and save some green.  Camping fees are generally inexpensive, as are the activities that go along with camping, such as hiking, bird watching, fishing, and, of course, picnicking! Make sure to treat parks,... read more

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Nonstop Love: CHICA-GO

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Beginning October 13, Dallas Love Field is FREE!  The restrictions of the Wright Amendment will be gone, ushering in nonstop destinations that span from coast to coast.   Southwest has been counting down the years and weeks (literally—we have a billboard at the Love Field entrance and a countdown clock in our Headquarters lobby) until we can say, “Goodbye, Wright... read more

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Flashback Fridays: A 500 with Scimitars?

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A few months ago our Name That Plane Flashback covered a few aircraft in our fleet with special registrations.  For many years, most of our -300 series aircraft registrations started with a 3, the -500s started with a 5, the -700s started with a 7, and usually ended with a SW or WN. The majority of our specialty registrations (outside of the traditional SWs and WNs) honor... read more

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Gate Games are just ‘Plane’ Fun

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Like any time-contentious traveler, I have at least an hour of downtime before my flight begins boarding.  When I’m traveling with my family, waiting time seems to go by even more slowly.  On my last vacation with my family, we had a two hour layover.  Normally we play a card game, but unfortunately, we (cough, cough—my dad) had forgotten to bring a deck of cards. ... read more

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Southwest Spends a couple Days on the Hill

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This post is co-authored by Southwest Senior Business Consultant Bill Owen and Southwest Communications Specialist Sandy Nelson. What happens when you assemble a group of Southwest Airlines Employees in our nation’s capital to learn how to engage our elected officials on issues important to SWA?  The answer is … something wonderful! Earlier this month, we and 25... read more

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Pilots Lend a Hand at Young Eagles Rally

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I have always found wisdom in Ben Franklin's quotes. Two of my favorites are: "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest," and "Tell me and I forget; teach me and I may remember; involve me and I learn."  Thanks to those that encouraged me to learn by doing, I now have the amazing opportunity to help youngsters stoke the fire of their own curiosity and give... read more

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Going Green: It’s Hammock Day—Try an Upcycled Plastic Bag Hammock

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Today, July 22, marks National Hammock Day, a reminder in the midst of the dog days of summer to take some time to relax and enjoy.  There’s nothing like relaxing on a lazy summer day in a hammock you’ve made yourself by upcycling materials you have on hand! The most basic kind of hammock consists of mosquito netting or a sheet held up by two posts, often trees. You can... read more

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An Artist’s Discovery

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This guest post from Illinois high schooler Hannah Munson originally appeared in the July 2014 edition of our onboard magazine, Spirit.  Southwest Airlines has proudly supported the Congressional Art Competition for 13 consecutive years.  In 2014, 370 congressional offices participated in the Congressional Art Competition.  Southwest donated complimentary airfare to more... read more

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Nonstop Love: MORELANDO

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Beginning October 13, Dallas Love Field is FREE!  The restrictions of the Wright Amendment will be gone, ushering in nonstop destinations that span from coast to coast.   Southwest has been counting down the years and weeks (literally—we have a billboard at the Love Field entrance and a countdown clock in our Headquarters lobby) until we can say, “Goodbye, Wright... read more

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