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Don’t Check That Bag…Yet! Let’s Talk Lithium Batteries

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When I was a Customer Service Agent, it always amazed me what was on the list of items that weren't allowed in checked baggage. Yet, when bags undergo screening, the TSA has found bottles of bleach, WD-40, disinfectants, spray starch, and fireworks just to name a few of the prohibited items. While some of the above items may seem obvious, this year, Southwest's Safety &... read more

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Employee Stories: From NASA to SWA

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A lot of our Southwest Employees have had previous lives and interesting experiences prior to joining the LUV airline. But for HOU First Officer Kevin Kregel, his time before joining the Southwest Family was literally out of this world. Kevin worked for NASA from 1990 to 2003 before starting at Southwest, logging 52 days in space. The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long... read more

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Employee Stories: Safety is a Priority

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Jose Gomez was performing a routine walk around an aircraft prior to its departure from Baltimore on July 12.  Jose, a Ramp Agent at BWI, was looking for anything out of the ordinary when he noticed a loose screw protruding from the fuselage. He promptly reported the discrepancy to the Pilot, who alerted a Maintenance Technician. The loose screw was quickly repaired and... read more

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Attention Spring Breakers and April Travelers: Schedules are Open for Booking!

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Ah, Spring travel.  Doesn’t matter if you’re a Spring Breaker, going to visit family, or travelling for business—it just always feels good to start getting out of winter chill and back into the “spring” of things, which happens every single year starting in March.  And Southwest Airlines March/April 2016 schedule—released today—is written with that in mind! ... read more

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50 DESTINATIONS IN A DAY? NO WAY!

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We’re doing something amazing at our home in Dallas, Texas! Today, we officially begin flying to 50 destinations with new nonstop flights, bringing our Love Field operation up to 180 daily departures! (more...)

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One Last Flight: Final 717 in AirTran Livery Takes to the Skies

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On December 28, 2014, AirTran Flight #1 closed the commercial chapter of AirTran Airways history when it landed in Tampa just before midnight.  The next morning, all remaining 717s were flown to Goodyear, AZ, for short-term storage in the favorable desert environment.  Yesterday morning, the last 717 in AirTran livery took to the skies for the final time on its way to... read more

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Developing the Aileron

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(Photo by Steve Wiggins) Many people are familiar with the large flaps on airplane wings and their role in producing lift/drag.  But have you ever noticed the smaller hinged sections on the outboard part of the wings?  These are ailerons (French for “little wings”), and they are an important part of the modern airplane—albeit relatively unknown to the general... read more

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