As far SW
cutting corners on final approaches, that is, of course, limited to those airports that don't have noise restrictions, or a minimum distance turn to final approach.
We used to kiddingly threaten to put up speed bumps in our concourse B and C alleyway to slow them down. Great fun when your flying them, a pain when your negotiating a busy ramp in a vehicle.
As far as getting a direct routing, SW
flights leaving MSY
westbound to SAN
, and PHX
will almost always get direct El Paso when initiating contact with Houston Center's mid-altitude controller. Bu that's not limited to SW
flights to DEN
will often get direct Lamar, Colorado early on.
Tom at MSY
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina