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Q On Southwest And Jumpseat Riding  
User currently offlineKLMA330 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 697 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3793 times:

Hello,

Quick question... in a couple week's time, I'm flying Southwest from Tampa to Lauderdale (holly cheap!)... anyway, it happens to be the morning of my 32nd B-day, and I was wondering if staff at Southwest would look at me funny if I asked to be seated in the jumpseat, or see the cockpit (post 9/11 attitudes.. just not sure)... what do you guys think? I've never had a jumpseat ride.. would just LOVE one. Opinions are greatly appreciated.

Have a great day,
Billy  Smile

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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3783 times:

Quoting KLMA330 (Thread starter):
and I was wondering if staff at Southwest would look at me funny if I asked to be seated in the jumpseat, or see the cockpit

See the cockpit whilst on the ground? Probably not a problem, just ask a F/A or pilot.

Be seated in the cockpit jumpseat? Not a chance unless you are covered under FAR 121.547 as one of the select airline/industry/government entities that are authorized to ride up there, and unfortunately, birthdays don't qualify you. (But have a Happy Birthday anyways, OK?  Smile )


User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8289 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3741 times:

They'd definately look at you funny. Unless you're a WN pilot, a deadheading pilot of another carrier, or an FAA inspector there's no chance you'll ever see a jumpseat.


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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4702 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3674 times:

Quoting N766UA (Reply 2):
Unless you're a WN pilot, a deadheading pilot of another carrier, or an FAA inspector there's no chance you'll ever see a jumpseat.

a WN jumpseat that is. On this side of the Atlantic you just have to be very, very lucky!



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3674 times:

Quoting KLMA330 (Thread starter):
was wondering if staff at Southwest would look at me funny if I asked to be seated in the jumpseat, or see the cockpit

Enjoy a happy birthday but I'd be quite careful of asking for a jumpseat because you may get a full view of the TSA in a way you don't want to. Not a question I'd ask at the airport.



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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8289 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3623 times:

Quoting JRadier (Reply 3):
On this side of the Atlantic you just have to be very, very lucky!

Even Europe is tough, though. Besides AF it's my understanding that jumpseats are more or less off limits. Too bad, too, I would have liked to have jumpseated on my recent LH flight.



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User currently offlineFLAIRPORT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3592 times:

Well it's a good thing you asked here.

The problem is that it is not a post 9/11 attitude...it's a post 9/11 rule. Had you asked it, and they called the cops, just say your from canada and its your first time flyiyng in the US post 9/11 and you didn't know...although knowing the TSA, I don't know what would happen.

But do not ask! DO NOT ASK!! DO NOT ASK!!!
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User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3469 times:

You will be able to see the flight deck on the ground, however WN is the king of the 20 minute turn so you may not even get a glimpse. There is only a couple of ways to sit up front be a WN pilot, be a crewmember in the CASS system, be an employee of the FAA or a Boeing representative.



Sean from MCO and SDF



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