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Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 6:27 am

Some of my family members who has flown on Southwest, said there pilots has a great since of humor. I was told they crack jokes like, I did not think we would make ( after the landing of course) and there's other joke. Is Southwest still a fun airline to fly? Past Southwest passengers please tell about your tip, and some of the jokes told on your flight?  laughing 
 
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Fri Jan 05, 2007 6:30 am

you can hear some of the humor they use if you search youtube for southwest videos  Smile
 
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Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:24 am

I used to hear the F/A's crack jokes all the time ("Last one of the plane gets to clean it," "We'd like to welcome you to Honolulu...but we're in Phoenix," etc.), but have heard hardly any in recent years.
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Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:27 am

I've been flying WN since summer of 1975. I'm CO gold and darn happy when I get to do a WN flight. I've had plenty of Captains and Flight Attendants that made me laugh and make me crack a smile. They have a good operation and I've been a happy customer.
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Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:28 am

Every time I flew them, the F/A's always made jokes before/after takeoff. It was funny at first but then got downright annoying. It is especially annoying when you are traveling on business and are trying to get work dont. I avoid Southwest whenever possible.

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Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:28 am

They're almost as funny as they think they are  Wink
 
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Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:39 am



From my experience, Southwest employees simply tend to be in better moods more of the time than employees of other airlines.

Jumpseat on many airlines, and as soon as you reach FL100 (and the sterile cockpit rules become inapplicable), the whining and complaining will start, and won't let up until reaching FL100 during the descent.

Jumpseat on Southwest, and as soon as you reach FL100, you'll be more apt to hear the pilots rave about their airline, and reflect upon their good fortune to be employed there.

When I was working in Flight Ops, my favorite Chief Pilot referred to the interns as "Scallywags", and brought smiles to our faces all the time with his jokes and good-natured banter.

During my time at Flight Ops and the Training Center, I only encountered two or three individuals who had unpleasant attitudes. Each and every other employee was someone whose company I'd genuinely enjoy.

That's what happens when a company treats their employees with respect and dignity. It amazes me that so few airlines are able to comprehend (or willing to admit) this.


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Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:43 am

Yea, they still are.
Back over Thanksgiving, I was flying Southwest MCO-RDU and the weather in RDU was God-awful that day. As we were exiting the runway, the pilot came on the PA and went "Phhhheeeeewwwwww.....Welcome to Raleigh."
Though the best comment on the flight was from the guy across the aisle. Because of the open seating, all the old people board first. Well, for a flight originating in Florida, that means a lot of pre-boards. The old people must have taken up the first seven rows, so during the safety demo, the F/A's were demonstrating how to use the mask in the event of a cabin depressurization, and the guy across the aisle goes "They don't need oxygen tanks in the first seven rows. All the old people up there have their own oxygen tanks."
A few weeks before that, my mom was flying WN BWI-RDU and upon the landing her pilot came on the PA with a "Whooa There Horsee (or 'Big Fella'...something to that effect)".

But yes, they are still funny.  biggrin 
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Hurd They Where?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:54 am

The classic one i heard one day.. "IN THE EVENT THAT WE LIKE CRASH"
then rattled on through her spill.. Im thinking ive never heard an airline say crash...
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:58 am

Quoting JetJeanes (Reply 8):
"IN THE EVENT THAT WE LIKE CRASH"

Are you sure it was not "in the UNlikely even that we crash"?
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 10:24 am

I once had a WN FA tell everyone that all alcoholic drinks would cost 200 or 300 dollars, instead of 2 or 3. After a few looks, he laughed and said he was glad someone was listening to him!
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 10:25 am

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 7):
upon the landing her pilot came on the PA with a "Whooa There Horsee

Haha, the FA that was workin my MCO-ALB flight made noises of a horse galloping and slowing down. Very humorous.

WN has very funny FA's. It is probably because they enjoy working with the passengers and for their company. This is a bright spot that is shown to the passengers.
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 10:28 am

The first time I ever heard the "Whoa, big fella..." bit (one of the most famous pilot jokes) was on a WN flight, when we'd just landed at PDX. It made my day, and the crew up front performed flawlessly  laughing 
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 10:36 am

The last time I flew WN (which, granted, was a few years ago), the BWI-PHX flight was uneventful, but the PHX-CMH-BWI return was gosh-awful. The F/As spent almost the entire flight on the PA, getting people to play trivia games for rolls of toilet paper and pretzels and organizing sing-alongs. Some pax thought it was great but others, including me, were like "make them shut up!" Haven't flown with them since.
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 10:47 am

Its all in the delivery.
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 10:53 am

Well I think they are hilarious and me wanting to be a f/a makes me want to work for them instead of CO.

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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 10:57 am

I USED to crack jokes on the PA, but some people are TOO PC to get the jokes, thats why I dont do them anymore.
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:05 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 6):
Jumpseat on many airlines, and as soon as you reach FL100 (and the sterile cockpit rules become inapplicable), the whining and complaining will start, and won't let up until reaching FL100 during the descent.

Which led to yet another permutation of that old joke, "What's the difference between a JT8D and a ______(fill-in with person of your choice)_________? When you block-in at the gate, the JT8D quits whining...  Wink
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:16 am

Quoting Boston92 (Reply 9):
Are you sure it was not "in the UNlikely even that we crash"?

I think the use of "Like" was used in the preppy cheerleader tense, you know, the one's who throw in "likes" at random. "Like, I totally like didn't see that coming."
^My bad impression of a preppy cheerleader, but it gets the point across.
But I do believe the original intent of the post was refering to the use of the word "crash" in the safety demo.

[Edited 2007-01-05 03:34:44]
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:21 am

They also sing.....They did when I flew em back in mid december comin home for christmas. Somethin about Southwest bein a lonely airline to the other big Airlines, but when people started flyin they realized Southwest was better than the ohter ones, to the tuneof Rudolph the Red nose raindeer
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:33 am

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 18):

Thats what I thought at first, but at the time it did not make sense to me.
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:38 am

This wasn't on WN, but my mom was on a US flight recently and the flight attendants were doing the safety demo, and said "In the event of a water landing, your seat cushion can be used as a flotation device. Feel free to keep the seat cushion as our complimentary gift to you."
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:47 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 6):
When I was working in Flight Ops, my favorite Chief Pilot referred to the interns as "Scallywags", and brought smiles to our faces all the time with his jokes and good-natured banter.

Was that Crummy, Bubba or the other guy with no nickname (don't wanna use his real name, but he kind looks like alec baldwin)?  Smile

Yes, the vast majority of southwest folks are all very pleasant. Myself and one of the other interns got to know one of the DAL gater's pretty well (we non-reved often and our flights always seemed to originate at the gate she was working) and she was always the nicest! Many flight attendants were also very pleasant to chat with on the longer flights, and not just to the interns.

Many good memories of working for that airline, and I definitely felt like a valuable employee, especially when ole herbee himself gave me a kiss and told me that he'd kill me if I tried to take his job  Wink
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:49 am

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
Some of my family members who has flown on Southwest, said there pilots has a great since of humor. I was told they crack jokes like, I did not think we would make ( after the landing of course) and there's other joke. Is Southwest still a fun airline to fly? Past Southwest passengers please tell about your tip, and some of the jokes told on your flight? laughing

WN flight crews make the best out of their jobs. Most do tell jokes, and they seem to work extra hard to get a chuckle.

I don't care what anyone says about WN. They have a great team of employees, and they ROCK!
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:50 am

Humor, unprofessionalism, you make the call.

I agree that at first it's cute, but it gets old after a while.

It's like flying with Bob Sagget all the time. The "cleaned up" Full House version, not the raunchy nightclub version...  Wink
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:58 am

I found on my one roundtrip flight with them (the SAN experiment over spring break) that they were such a fun airline, as I had known from the show Airline. They just have such an upbeat attitude. It doesn't matter if who tells the jokes or why, but it seems they are always better with a happy person, and therefore the jokes are always better with WN. They are fun because they are happy and love their job, which is the most important thing.

Then when I flew on an unnamed legacy carrier *cough* NW *cough* I found they were so much less, well fun, because they weren't happy.

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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:31 pm

I enjoy the variation of the floatation device segment:

"Should our flight turn into a cruise..."
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 1:25 pm

I fly Southwest a lot, and like them a lot. The banter from the flight attendants can be amusing or not, depending on specific circumstances. I usually like it. One that I enjoyed was about a year or two ago. On departure, we were on a taxiway, heading for the runway. An MD-80 of one of the legacy carriers was on our right. This was during a period in which that particular legacy carrier was under bankruptcy protection. The Southwest flight attendant picked up her microphone and said "Hey, everybody, you see that plane on our right? I want everyone on the right side of this aircraft to wave at them. Show them what a full plane looks like." It may sound a bit lame in my re-telling, but it was amusing at the time. The general impression one gets of Southwest's employees is that they like their jobs.

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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Fri Jan 05, 2007 1:48 pm

Quoting ATCme (Reply 25):
They are fun because they are happy and love their job, which is the most important thing.

No, the most important thing is that the customer is happy. And it seems that their core clientele responds most of the time, so it's win/win.

But I agree that if it keeps their morale up, it's good, to a point. Anything can be taken too far, and the stories of F/As singing the whole flight, pilots making too many jokes, etc. would make some people not enjoy their flight...

I've had F/As on other airlines make jokes too, and it's nice.

The thing about WN is that it almost becomes a contest between them, or it feels like they HAVE to do it. The more "pieces of flair" the better. Peppy people do not always translate to happy people.

There are plenty of happy people who are relaxed, reserved, quiet, dry, etc.
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:44 am




Quoting Planespotting (Reply 22):
Was that Crummy, Bubba or the other guy with no nickname

Of the three, it was the most boisterous, cowboy-like one.  Wink


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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:59 am

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 24):
Humor, unprofessionalism, you make the call.

I think you can be professional and still funny at the same time.

Not only do they crack jokes, but they also play practical jokes.

I was flying Southwest from MSY to MCO on April 1. I had completely forgotten that it was April fools day, as did most everyone else on the plane. The captain came over the intercom and told us that Orlando was fogged in and that we would have to land in Tampa and be bussed over. Everyone groaned about the delay, and being with my wife and 2 small kids, I was not thrilled either. However, it was the afternoon and I thought it highly odd MCO would be fogged in. So I asked the FA if the pilot really meant that there were severe storms. She said, no, it was fog. At which point I got a bit upset and asked her to tell us the truth, cause I was convinced she was lying. Then she asked me what today was. Finally it clicked. But the pilot did not let on until we had landed. All in all, it was pretty funny, and I was not upset at them, although some people were not happy.

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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 1:15 am

I had a WN flight from BWI to CLE that was apparently going on to LAS. The captain came over the PA right after we touched down with the "wheeeeeeeeewwwww" then welcomed everyone to the "Land of Cleve" and offered condolances to anyone getting off the plane. He went on to update the weather forcast in Las Vegas as 72 degrees and smokey, inside the casinos. Outside it's sunny and 94 degrees.
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 1:29 am

Quoting Laddb (Reply 30):
Not only do they crack jokes, but they also play practical jokes.

Practical jokes are unprofessional and have been shown in the courts to create a hostile work environment. WN better watch out, as multi-million dollar awards have been won based on disgruntled employees suing over them. It's just a euphemism for jokes at the expense of others, and can be mean spirited. When done to "the new guy" it's called hazing.

But it's even worse to do it to customers who are putting their lives in your hands. What you described re: the pilot and the fog was ridiculous and added stress to the lives of 140 people that day for no reason other than it gave the pilot and crew their jollies.

If the idea of humor in the air is to put the customers at ease, how did this do that? By not revealing the truth until landing, it did the exact opposite. Makes the F/As singing songs for 3 hours look like a much better option.  Wink
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 2:00 am

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 12):
The first time I ever heard the "Whoa, big fella..." bit (one of the most famous pilot jokes) was on a WN flight, when we'd just landed at PDX. It made my day, and the crew up front performed flawlessly

This is actually a FA joke, not a pilot joke. Landing is one of the most crucial parts of flight and the pilots would never be found telling jokes over the PA during landing.
 
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 4:13 am

Oddly enough for me Southwest has been the least humorous one, the only time I've heard humor from WN was from a gate agent who made a pretty funny announcement about the weather at LA. I understand though if that's their image, you have to have employees with a sense of entertainment when your airline offers nothing except for a seat and "cheap" fares.
 
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Sat Jan 06, 2007 4:33 am




Quoting AirWillie6475 (Reply 34):
if that's their image, you have to have employees with a sense of entertainment when your airline offers nothing except for a seat and "cheap" fares.

In addition to a seat and cheap fares, what more do you think they should offer?


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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 4:43 am

Basically, revenue passengers are the main reason WN is still in business. Their aircrews treat the passengers like they would want to be treated themselves... with a smile, a low fare, a clean aircraft, and a little humor now and then. It just makes good business sense.

One of my favorites that I heard first hand:

"Ladies and gentlemen, we have just landed at Lost Wages. Please remain seated until the Captain has taxied what remains of our aircraft to the gate and the "Fasten Seat Belt" sign is turned off. Thank you for flying Southwest."

Then, a few seconds later we heard her quietly say over the P.A. system (as we continued taxiing to the gate):

"I hear clicking...." [i.e., passengers unfastening their seat belts].

Everybody immediately stopped what they were doing. Nobody moved. It was stone, cold quiet from that point on until the front door was opened.....
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 4:43 am

Having flown with Southwest several times as well as many other airlines many times, I can tell you that it has been my experience that the crews are no more and no less humorous than any other.

Example: Last summer I flew SAN-DEN-MSP-DEN-SAN on Frontier. The first three flights had smiling flight crews who were courteous, professional, and when given the chance, quite friendly. But no "jokes" over the p.a. The last flight, however, had a pre-flight briefing that was hysterical - "if there is anything we can do for you today, please don't hesitate to ask Rhonda and Susan and myself are just flat-out too tired".

On the entire plane, only myself and my partner laughed. No one else was listening. We got free DirecTV because of it.

My Southwest flights (all intra-California) have been pleasant, professional, friendly, but not really joking. But not having experienced EVERY Southwest employee, I can't say what the norm is.

Chances are you'll have a pleasant flight. But a stand-up routine? Who knows?
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 4:56 am

Been flying WN since the seventies; best one yet: "In the event of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will deploy from above you...after y'all stop screaming..." etc., etc.
 
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 5:00 am

Here's a joke I heard on Southwest...


"Thanks for choosing Southwest, and we look forward to seeing you again."
 
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 5:22 am

Quoting AirWillie6475 (Reply 34):
offers nothing except for a seat and "cheap" fares.

To be fair the seats are leather and the fares are cheap to some places. Not to mention the FREE food/snack rather than "you can purchase a snack baggie for $3 and a larger snack box for $5."

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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 5:33 am

I try to fly WN when I can just because they are usually on time and have quick turnarounds. Plus, they fly direct to smaller airports that are more convienant for me, such as Providence or Manchester.

My favorite lines:

"We have a man on board today flying with us for the first time, and he also turned 100 today. So on your way out, please wish our captain a happy birthday."

and....

"If the oxygen masks come down, put yours on first, and then your child. If you have two children, decide which one you love more."
 
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 5:45 am

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 7):
pilot came on the PA

My suspicion is that it wasn't the pilot, rather one of the F/As...

Quoting SWAFA27 (Reply 16):
I USED to crack jokes on the PA, but some people are TOO PC to get the jokes, thats why I dont do them anymore

That's unfortunate...It's a sad commentary on our society...

Quoting UALFAson (Reply 13):
Some pax thought it was great but others, including me, were like "make them shut up!" Haven't flown with them since.

Have you ever heard of an iPod? Maybe you should try using one and let the rest of the passengers enjoy the entertainment...

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 21):
Feel free to keep the seat cushion as our complimentary gift to you."

That's an old WN joke. Did they also say "put your arms through the straps and kick/paddle kick/paddle all the way to the shore?"

My favorite is..."since our pilots are a lot better fliers than they are drivers, go out, buckle up, and drive safe and we hope to see you again on another Southwest Airlines flight"

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 32):
Practical jokes are unprofessional and have been shown in the courts to create a hostile work environment.

OK Mr. PC, god-forbid someone gets their panties in a twist...
 
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 6:11 am

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 28):
"pieces of flair"

What a great Office Space reference!
 
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 6:17 am

My favorite was on a SAN-MHT flight some years back after a rough touchdown...."Ladies and Gentlemen, that wasn't the Captain's fault, or the co pilot's fault it was the ass......phalt." Most of the passengers got a chuckle from that.

Although I haven't flown as much with WN as I used to I have found that the humor has dwindled down a bit. The last time I had a safety brief with some of these jokes in it was actually on AA going from DFW-PHX last summer.
 
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 7:25 am

On a recent flight from MUC to SFO on LH A346, a male flight attendant assisting the drinks service whispered 'marijuana, cocaine..' It didn't bother me Big grin
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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 7:41 am

Favorite WN quotes...

If there is a loss in cabin pressure, a mask will drop, insert 25 cents and breathe normally.

Welcome to MDW...thanks for flying today....we know you have a choice...and no one likes your money more than us at Southwest!

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RE: Is Southwest As Funny As I Heard They Were?

Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:11 pm

Quoting DC10rules (Reply 46):
If there is a loss in cabin pressure, a mask will drop, insert 25 cents and breathe normally.

Sounds like something Ryanair or the US Legacies would do in another cost cutting effort.  wink 
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