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  • United, Southwest buy 73 Boeing jets in blow to Bombardier

    01/21/2016 1:14:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    rueters ^ | 01/21/2016
    Reuters reported in October that Bombardier had offered the CSeries to Southwest, a long shot since the airline maintains an all-Boeing fleet. The CSeries is due to enter service in 2016 after delays and amid cash problems at Bombardier. The plane maker did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman said this week the plane is "a top contender in several key campaigns." Delta Air Lines Inc on Tuesday said it was considering Bombardier's new aircraft. Another competitor for the United order, Brazil's Embraer SA, declined to comment on the Boeing deal. United is expected to buy more...
  • 6 Soccer Players Arrested in Southwest Flight Ruckus

    09/01/2015 6:39:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Sep 1, 2015 | Rory Devine, R. Stickney
    Amarillo Police boarded the plane and removed six passengers described as “unruly”Members of a San Diego-based recreational soccer league were removed from a cross-country flight Monday and arrested on suspicion of federal charges. A dozen members of the San Diego Chaldean Soccer League were flying Southwest Airlines to Chicago’s Midway Airport for a tournament, friends tell NBC 7. A "level one threat" was declared onboard Flight 1522 and prompted pilots to divert the flight and its 117 passengers to Amarillo, Texas, just after 10 p.m., according to court documents. Southwest Airlines said in a statement that “several passengers traveling together...
  • FBI outlines reasons why six Southwest Airlines passengers were arrested and charged in Amarillo

    09/01/2015 5:48:43 PM PDT · by DFG · 54 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 9/1/2015 | Terry Maxon
    FBI special agent T. Scott Hendricks has filed an affidavit explaining why Southwest Airlines diverted a San Diego-Chicago flight to Amarillo late Monday and booted six passengers off the flight. The six, said to be members of a San Diego area soccer team, were subsequently arrested and charged with “interference with a flight crew and abetting.” Basically, according to Hendricks per Southwest, the passengers –Khalid Yohana, 19; Wasim Imad Shaker, 23; Essa Solaqa, 20; Ghazwan Assad Shaba, 21; Jonathan Khalid Petras, 20; and Saiman Hermez, 19– were refusing orders from the flight attendants, challenging their authority and being mean to...
  • FAA: Two Planes At Midway Began Takeoffs At Same Time

    06/18/2015 2:58:21 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    CBS TV Chicago ^ | June 17, 2015 | Staff
    Two planes began their takeoffs on intersecting runways at Chicago’s Midway airport on Tuesday evening, before being ordered to stop by air traffic control and averting a collision in the center of the airport, the FAA confirmed. The two planes involved were Southwest Flight 3828 bound for
  • Do Texas floods portend a new ice age?

    05/30/2015 7:55:36 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 109 replies
    Ice Age Now ^ | 30MAY2015 | Robert Felix
    “What do floods in Texas have to do with the coming Ice Age?” asks reader Caroline Snyder. “Quite a lot actually! “Looking at the historic record, we only have to go back to the 16th Century; a time when the Little Ice Age was causing devastation across Europe, but what of the South-West US?“ This article, amongst other things, looks to first hand accounts by Europeans amongst other things. Little Ice Age (Excerpt) – “…if you think it’s cold here in the Southwest now, you should have been around back in the days when the Spanish, Mexicans and Anglos settled...
  • The Greatest Water Crisis In The History Of The United States

    05/13/2015 10:02:58 AM PDT · by blam · 80 replies
    TEC ^ | 5-13-2015 | The Greatest Water Crisis In The History Of The United States
    Michael Snyder May 12th, 2015 What are we going to do once all the water is gone? Thanks to the worst drought in more than 1,000 years, the western third of the country is facing the greatest water crisis that the United States has ever seen. Lake Mead is now the lowest that it has ever been since the Hoover Dam was finished in the 1930s, mandatory water restrictions have already been implemented in the state of California, and there are already widespread reports of people stealing water in some of the worst hit areas. But this is just the...
  • Local man overlooked on Southwest flight to Florida

    03/12/2015 4:57:11 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 43 replies ^ | March 6, 2015 | Sarah Sell
    A West Michigan man says he was forced to buy a new plane ticket home after the airline told him that he failed to show up for his original flight. He called 13 On Your Side looking for help after Southwest refused to refund his money. "It's terrible. I can't believe the airline didn't know I was in that seat," says Bob Woudstra, of Cutlerville. Woudstra is upset that he was overlooked on his flight to Florida. In February, he paid $616 for a roundtrip ticket from Grand Rapids to Ft Myers. On the 13th, he was dropped off at...
  • Researchers see violent era in ancient Southwest

    08/04/2014 9:45:52 AM PDT · by fishtank · 45 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 8-4-2014 | Phys Org
    Researchers see violent era in ancient Southwest
  • Family Asked To Leave Southwest Flight After Tweet ( Minnesota)

    07/23/2014 5:46:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 65 replies
    WCCO ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jennifer Mayerle
    MINNEAPOLIS — A Twin Cities man is upset about the way his family was treated on a Southwest Airlines flight because of a tweet. Duff Watson says he was asked to de-board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis with his two kids on Sunday after an agent didn’t like a tweet he wrote about her service. Watson and the agent had a disagreement before boarding initially. ... He’s an “A-List” passenger, which means he gets priority boarding. But a gate agent wouldn’t let his 6-year-old and 9-year-old board with him — so they’d all have to wait to board later....
  • Southwest Airlines Plane Lands At Wrong Airport, Almost Careens Off Cliff

    01/12/2014 11:20:27 PM PST · by zipper · 76 replies
    Forbes online ^ | Jan 12, 2014 | unknown
    "...scheduled to fly to Dallas with a stop in Branson, Missouri (BKG) but instead, the aircraft touched down at Taney County Airport (PLK), 8.6 miles away from its intermediate stop"
  • RDU-bound plane plummets in mid-air ( NC )

    11/14/2013 7:20:06 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    ABC11 - WTVD ^ | November 13, 2013 | Heather Waliga
    RALEIGH-DURHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, N.C. -- The pilot of a Southwest Airlines flight headed to RDU went on the loudspeaker and told passengers their plane was going down, according to a woman on board the flight. "He said, we're going down. And everyone is looking around like, is this a joke? Is he serious? And then you felt the nosedive," passenger Shelley Wills said. Wills told ABC11 the Tuesday night flight from Tampa took a nosedive thousands of feet in the air while they were about 100 miles away from RDU. Wills is a nurse and tried helping the first-time flier...
  • 100 students ejected from NYC to Atlanta flight for being too rowdy

    06/05/2013 4:04:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 122 replies ^ | 6-4-2013 | Associated Press
    A group of about 100 high school students traveling from New York to Atlanta were thrown off a flight, along with their chaperones, after the pilot and crew lost patience with some kids who wouldn't sit down and put away their cellphones. The teenagers, all seniors at the Yeshiva of Flatbush, in Brooklyn, were ordered off the AirTran flight around 6 a.m. Monday as it sat at a gate at LaGuardia Airport. AirTran's parent company, Southwest Airlines, said in a statement that flight attendants asked passengers several times to take their seats and put their mobile devices away. The airline...
  • Julian Castro: A Radical Revealed

    09/04/2012 8:59:35 PM PDT · by bronxville · 50 replies ^ | 09-04-20012 | Charles C Johnson
    Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, who will be giving the keynote address tonight, is, according to some, the next Obama. But while Obama’s radicalism may have escaped the notice of the DNC in 2004, Castro’s views are bit more transparent. Indeed, he, along with his twin, Joaquin, currently running for Congress, learned their politics on their mother’s knee and in the streets of San Antonio. Their mother, Rosie helped found a radical, anti-white, socialist Chicano party called La Raza Unida (literally “The Race United”) that sought to create a separate country—Aztlan—in the Southwest. Read more:
  • How A Texas Town Became Water Smart

    08/14/2012 8:48:05 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | August 9, 2012
    Faced with a booming population and a disappearing water supply, the city of San Antonio responded by dramatically cutting consumption, pioneering new storage techniques and investing in water recycling and desalination projects. It now boasts that it is "Water's Most Resourceful City." There are so many programs and projects that Chuck Ahrens of Water Resources and Conservation with the San Antonio Water System can hardly keep track. "I made myself a list and I thought, 'Wow, I don't even know all of our programs.' But then I thought it would be asking a lot to remember all of our programs...
  • Woman claims Southwest wouldn't let her board plane because of her cleavage: report

    06/18/2012 12:53:13 PM PDT · by bornred · 100 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6/18/12 | Philip Caulfield
    Southwest Airlines was forced to apologize to a woman who was told she couldn't board her flight because her cleavage was "inappropriate." Jezebel reports that the woman, Avital — she only gave her first name — was boarding a 6 a.m. flight from Las Vegas to New York on June 5 when a ticket agent remarked that she couldn't fly unless she covered her breasts. Clad in a comfy cotton dress, a baggy flannel shirt and bright scarf, Avital ignored the warning and marched aboard anyway. ... Avital slammed the Southwest for "slut shaming," and said a man on her...
  • Woman reportedly arrested for painting fingernails on Southwest Airlines flight

    03/07/2012 6:50:07 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 90 replies
    FoxNews ^ | February 7, 2012
    A California woman on a Southwest Airlines flight was reportedly arrested and detained after a verbal confrontation with a flight attendant regarding her nail polish. Jeanie Daniels told WOFL that she was painting her nails in her seat on a Southwest Airlines flight from California to Texas last month when a flight attendant asked her to stop. Daniels then went to the bathroom to finish and later began arguing with the flight attendant, who waited outside the bathroom. Daniels was handcuffed and detained for more than 10 hours when the flight landed in Houston. "She started screaming at me and...
  • Judge Upholds ATF Gun Rule for SW Border States

    01/17/2012 2:03:12 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    ABCN News Radio ^ | 17 January, 2012 | NA
    Thinkstock/Comstock(WASHINGTON) -- A federal judge has upheld a rule proposed by the ATF to track multiple gun sales in Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico in a lawsuit brought by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and two gun dealers in Arizona. Over the summer the ATF announced that it would seek information in those four states on gun purchasers who buy two or more weapons a week for semi-automatic long guns that have a caliber greater than .22 and a detachable magazine. The ATF would require gun dealers to report the sale of multiple rifles with what ATF was calling...
  • Southwest, plains face blizzard watch (Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas)

    12/18/2011 3:01:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/18/11 | Karen Brooks - Reuters
    AUSTIN. Texas. (Reuters) - A blizzard watch is in effect until Tuesday for parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas as a severe winter storm is expected to bring high winds and up to a foot of snow there on Sunday night and Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The storm was expected to edge into the mountains of Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado before heading east on Sunday night or Monday morning, the agency said in a statement. The areas were under winter weather advisories or watches on Sunday. A blizzard watch means forecasters believe life-threatening...
  • Actress Leisha Hailey Tweets She Was Kicked Off Southwest Airlines Flight After Kissing Girlfriend

    09/27/2011 5:50:18 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 47 replies ^ | September 26, 2011 | Kimberly Nordyke
    "Flt. attendant said that it was a 'family' airline and kissing was not ok," she wrote. The L Word actress Leisha Hailey says she was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight after kissing her girlfriend. In a series of tweets Monday, Hailey wrote that she and fashion designer Nina Garduno, who have been together since 2006, "were escorted off the plane for getting upset about the issue." "I have been discriminated against by @SouthwestAir," she tweeted. "Flt. attendant said that it was a 'family' airline and kissing was not ok."
  • Southwest Airlines Probes Suspicious Symbols Marked on Planes

    09/21/2011 7:22:38 PM PDT · by woofie · 28 replies
    KTLA ^ | September 21, 2011
    LOS ANGELES -- Southwest Airlines is investigating a rash of tagging incidents involving some of its passenger jets. According to an internal memo obtained by ABC15 in Phoenix, "These unauthorized markings typically appear as symbols or words tagged on the exterior of the aircraft." A Southwest Airlines spokesperson confirmed to the station that markings are being written on the underbelly of 737s parked at the gate. Sign up for KTLA 5 Breaking News Email Alerts The unauthorized markings surfaced in February, spokesperson Whitney Eichinger said in the statement. Eichinger would not comment on the number of planes vandalized, where the...
  • Southwest disciplines pilot for rant during flight

    06/22/2011 4:12:05 PM PDT · by Immerito · 101 replies
    CNN ^ | June 22, 2011 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- Southwest Airlines disciplined a pilot whose profanity-laced rant about flight attendants was heard by other airplane crews and controllers, officials said Wednesday. The unidentified pilot bashed flight attendants as a "continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes," according to a transcript of the March 25 flight over central Texas. The pilot on the Austin to San Diego flight was referring to the sexual orientation, age and attractiveness of flight attendants.
  • Another Too-Fat-To-Fly Controversy Hits Southwest Airlines

    05/19/2011 8:19:16 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 85 replies · 5+ views
    CBSNew ^ | 05/18/11 | CBSNew York Staff
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Southwest Airlines has apologized to a mother and daughter who said they got rough treatment at the airport. Kenlie Tiggeman, a 30-year-old political strategist and weight loss blogger in New York City, said it was humiliating, being told she was too fat to fly, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery. “It was rude. It was in front of lots of people,” said Tiggeman, who’s originally from New Orleans. Tiggeman said the incident happened in Dallas over Easter. She and her mother were told by a gate agent they each had to purchase two seats. “And said that...
  • Southwest buys AirTran, grows even bigger

    05/02/2011 7:09:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Mercury news ^ | 5/2/11 | David Koenig - ap
    DALLAS -- Southwest Airlines is looking more and more like the big airlines it loves to needle. ... Now comes Southwest's boldest move, its $1 billion purchase of AirTran Airways, completed Monday. .. By acquiring AirTran, Southwest increases passenger traffic by 25 percent. It gains AirTran's hub in Atlanta, .. It gains a toehold at Washington's Reagan National and adds gates at New York's LaGuardia,..
  • Littleton Bomb Suspect Just Out Of Prison

    04/24/2011 11:23:03 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 9 replies ^ | 24 Apr 2011 | Lindsay Watts
    DENVER, Colo. -- The man police said planted a pipe bomb at a Littleton mall was released from prison one week before the incident. A nation-wide manhunt is underway for Earl Albert Moore, 65, who's accused of planting the explosives Wednesday, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings. Moore is considered armed and dangerous. The FBI confirmed that he had been serving time in a Georgia prison for a 2005 armed robbery in West Virginia. Moore had been sentenced to 18 years, but was released early on April 13. Authorities said just seven days later, he planted a pipe...
  • Southwest Airlines cancels up to 700 flights due to cracks found in three MORE planes

    04/04/2011 12:00:23 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 4, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Southwest Airlines was today reeling after yet another flight was forced to make an emergency landing due to a burning electrical smell in the cabin. The Boeing 737-300 flight to San Diego carrying 142 people was diverted to Los Angeles today after the pilot reported a mechanical problem. The airline had already been forced to cancel 100 more flights today after cracks were found in three more planes, on top of 600 services already grounded over the weekend. Southwest Airlines are not the only company affected. Smoke in the cockpit of a United Airlines plane caused the pilot to lose...
  • UPDATE - Southwest Cancels 300 Flights After Emergency

    04/02/2011 12:50:50 PM PDT · by Yaelle · 52 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/02/11 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines (LUV.N) said it expected to cancel 300 flights scheduled for Saturday to allow inspections of 79 aircraft from its Boeing 737 fleet, after one of its planes made an emergency landing with a gaping hole in the fuselage. Passengers aboard Southwest Flight 812 from Phoenix to Sacramento on Friday heard a loud noise and the hole appeared suddenly at about mid cabin, forcing the pilot to land at a military base in Yuma, Arizona. [Read more at link]
  • Sacramento-Bound Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Yuma, Arizona (gaping hole in fuselage)

    04/01/2011 6:05:58 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 77 replies
    cbs ^ | 4/1/2011 | cbs
    A commercial flight from Phoenix to Sacramento this afternoon had to be diverted to an airport in Yuma due to rapid cabin decompression that may have been caused by a hole in the jet’s fuselage. The Southwest flight landed safely at 4:07 p.m. at the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station/International Airport. One of the passengers told CBS13 about the frightening emergency. “They had just taken drink orders when I heard a huge sound and oxygen masks came down and we started making a rapid decent. They said we’d be making an emergency landing,” said Cindy. “There was a hold in...
  • Southwest Airlines revamps Rapid Rewards program for frequent fliers

    01/06/2011 6:19:15 AM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 3 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | January 6, 2010 | TERRY MAXON
    With an eye toward business travelers, Southwest Airlines Co. today is unveiling the first major update to its Rapid Rewards program since the airline launched the frequent-flier benefits nearly 24 years ago. The changes sweeten the rewards for people who pay more for tickets, since the points earned are directly linked to the ticket price. People who buy full-fare tickets will earn more points per dollar than those flying on advance-purchase fares. But people who were used to flying a lot of short hops to get a free ticket may not like it so much.
  • Special report: Who owns the border?

    12/29/2010 6:14:57 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies · 8+ views
    Sierra Vista (Arizona) Herald / Review ^ | , 12/28/2010 | Sierra Vista (Arizona) Herald / Review
    To some southern Arizonans, the line between the U.S. and Mexico is just imaginary. Others believe it should be a fortified barrier. Either way, the border is again a flashpoint in American politics, with the spotlight shining on Cochise County.The Herald/Review and our sister Wick Communications newspapers in southern Arizona have prepared a special report examining our region’s complex border issues. As an introduction, we review the history of border relations and how we got to this point. Additionally, this special project focuses on: • The changing nature of border crime. The slayings of Cochise County rancher Robert Krentz and...
  • Southwest to acquire AirTran

    09/27/2010 5:40:44 AM PDT · by Dan Nunn · 28 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 9/27/2010 | Aaron Smith
    NEW YORK ( -- Southwest Airlines plans to acquire AirTran Holdings for $1.4 billion, the airlines said on Monday. Southwest (LUV, Fortune 500) said the deal values AirTran at $7.69 per share, a 69% premium over AirTran's closing price of $4.55 on Friday. AirTran's (AAI) stock surged to $7.27 in pre-market trading. Southwest chief executive officer Gary Kelly said the deal will allow his airline to expand into airports serving major hubs like Atlanta, Washington D.C., Boston, Baltimore and New York City. Southwest said the total deal, including AirTran's debt and aircraft operating leases, is valued at about $3.4 billion....
  • On the Southwest Border Understanding the Gang Threat

    09/22/2010 10:51:06 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 5 replies ^ | September 23, 2010 | Holtville Tribune
    Mexican drug cartels run the billion-dollar trafficking operations that bring so much crime and violence to both sides of the Southwest border. But it’s street gangs that carry out the cartels’ dirty work of smuggling, extortion, and murder. Understanding the gangs—their structure, culture, and tactics—is the job of agents who specialize in collecting human intelligence, or HUMINT. In our El Paso Field Office, the HUMINT squad pays particular attention to Barrio Azteca, the city’s predominant gang whose leaders regularly do business from prison—even authorizing contract killings. “The focus of the HUMINT squad is not to worry about making individual cases,”...
  • Southwest Flight Attendant Takes Crying Baby From Parents

    08/17/2010 3:46:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies · 1+ views
    abc ^ | 8/17/10 | AYANA HARRY
    A flight attendant on a Southwest Airlines flight took custody of a baby girl after the child was slapped by her mother on Monday, the Albuquerque International Sunport police told ABC News. Officials say the mom appeared to be frustrated and may have slapped the baby. When the plane landed in Albuquerque, the family was met by police. A Southwest Airlines spokeswoman told ABC News the local authorities were called "out of precaution for the child." The parents were questioned by police and released to continue to their final destination.
  • Woman Removed From Plane to Make Room for Overweight Teen

    07/26/2010 2:35:27 PM PDT · by MissTed · 135 replies · 4+ views
    NewsCore ^ | 7/26/10 | Staff
    <p>Earlier this year, Southwest Airlines, came under fire for removing an overweight passenger from a flight. Now, five months later, the airline has done it again – but this time they kicked off a thin passenger to make room for an obese teenager, reported.</p>
  • Bob Shallit: Petite passenger booted from Southwest flight

    07/25/2010 12:03:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee. ^ | Jul. 24, 2010 | Bob Shallit
    <p>Southwest Airlines made headlines earlier this year for kicking overweight actor-director Kevin Smith off a flight because he took up more than one seat.</p> <p>Now we're hearing the airline recently removed a 5-foot-4, 110-pound Sacramento-area woman from a plane so a hefty passenger could have an extra seat.</p>
  • Official Explains Approach to Climate Change, Energy

    05/22/2010 2:57:23 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 246+ views (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE) ^ | May 21, 2010 | By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
    Note: The following text is a quote: Official Explains Approach to Climate Change, Energy By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 21, 2010 – Developing a deliberate approach to energy and climate change is an important platform to national security and the U.S. military mission, a senior Defense Department official told members of Congress here yesterday. Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee about the Pentagon’s take on the California Desert Protection Act of 2010. The proposal, introduced to Congress in...
  • Face of Defense: Deployed Guardsman Helps Fellow Airmen

    04/22/2010 5:18:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 152+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Master Sgt. Scott Sturkol, USAF
    SOUTHWEST ASIA, April 22, 2010 – Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Mark Miller, an Air National Guardsman who’s deployed here as the first sergeant for the 380th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron, takes the core value of "service before self" very seriously. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Mark Miller, first sergeant for the 380th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron, participates in a retreat ceremony in Southwest Asia, April 2, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Scott Sturkol  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "I have a great pride in our country," said Miller, who is from the Iowa Air National...
  • Construction begins on new fuel pipeline at Southwest Asia base

    03/22/2010 6:25:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 188+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol, USAF
    /22/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- Construction on a new 2.7-mile pipeline to bolster ground refueling operations for the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing began March 17 at a non-disclosed base here. The $5.7 million project calls for the construction of an above-ground 8-inch carbon steel pipeline from the existing tanker truck offload facility to the bulk storage fuels area operated by the 380th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight staff. Capt. Timothy Frank, from the 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron who helped coordinate the project, said it was awarded with 2009 military construction supplemental funds. This pipeline improvement is the...
  • Face of Defense: Airman Leads Security Forces Team

    01/22/2010 4:21:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 264+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol, USAF
    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Jan. 22, 2010 – Air Force security forces have to be ready for a response at moment's notice. Known as "defenders" to many in the Air Force community, Air Force Staff Sgt. LeTari Myles and other security forces airmen are ready to take action when called upon. Air Force Staff Sgt. LeTari Myles watches over the flightline in the early morning hours at a base in Southwest Asia, Jan. 18, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "Along with my fellow security forces, [I] provide security for...
  • Southwest captain, crew enjoy 'early Christmas present' with baby born on airplane

    12/04/2009 4:57:58 PM PST · by Domandred · 10 replies · 760+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 12/04/09 | Kathleen Kreller
    It wasn't exactly a Captain Sully Sullenberger moment, but a Southwest Airlines flight crew helped bring about the miracle of life Friday morning. A woman on a flight between Chicago and Salt Lake City went into labor and quickly gave birth before the plane could make an emergency landing in Denver, airline officials said. The flight, Southwest 441, was scheduled to fly to Boise after stopping at Salt Lake City. Southwest officials say it appears the woman and her family were on their way here. It is not clear if the woman and her family are from Boise or visiting....
  • Southwest apologizes, reimburses San Jose mom tossed from a flight with cranky 2-year-old

    10/31/2009 10:50:30 AM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies · 852+ views
    Southwest Airlines has apologized to a San Jose mom who was kicked off a plane along with her unruly 2-year-old son earlier this week. But Southwest spokeswoman Marilee McInnis told the Mercury News the airline did not regret its decision to yank Pamela Root and her son, Adam, off the plane — which flight attendants made in the interests of safety, she said — just the inconvenience it caused the family. Root said Friday she accepts Southwest's apology, "and in the future we just hope that children are not separated from their luggage."
  • Blazing New Trails in Native American Lands

    08/22/2009 3:39:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 428+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 23, 2009 | BONNIE TSUI
    ON the road through the tree-studded high desert toward the small town of Chinle, Ariz., the car radio was bringing in the local Navajo station, with a playlist heavy in Top 40 hits, peppered with Navajo-language station breaks and car commercials. The sky was a cloudless blue, and I was on my way, with my childhood friend Esther Chak, to Canyon de Chelly, a geologic maze of towering red cliffs and deep-cut gorges dotted with pictographs and ruins of ancient cliffside villages. Lying in the heart of the 21st-century Navajo Nation, it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, July 12-18, 2009: Above and Below

    07/15/2009 8:00:18 PM PDT · by cogitator · 4 replies · 768+ views
    CaveClimber,com, NASA Earth Observatory
    First, just a striking view of the Capitol Reef National Park from space. The picture below is labeled; the linked picture is bigger and isn't labeled. The link goes to the explanatory article. Big Thomson Mesa, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah Second, a couple of amazing photos from the Oasis Room in the unreal Lechuguilla Cave, Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Somewhere out there there's a 360-degree picture of this room. (Someone find it, post the link here.) There's more pictures at the link. 360 Degrees Of Lechuguilla Cave: Photo Shoot at Oasis
  • Southwest Flight Attendant Rapping Before Takeoff... (video)

    03/24/2009 6:54:38 PM PDT · by Justaham · 9 replies · 719+ views
    Youtube ^ | 3-24-09
    Seriously how much fun would it be to have the 40 year old David Holmes as your steward? I might actually pay attention to them more often if they were rappin’ the tips that could save my life in case of emergency.
  • Video: Flight Attendant Raps The Announcements On Southwest

    03/22/2009 4:25:02 PM PDT · by ElKafir · 42 replies · 2,564+ views
    Transsylvania Phoenix ^ | Transsylvania Phoenix
    You're gonna love this video - even if you're not into rap music. This guy has 10,000 times more talent than most of the gangsta rap punks who are making millions selling CD's with "fo-shizz" "smack ma-beetch" "shake yo booty" garbage. Click link for video.
  • Removing All Doubt Obama Would Cede Southwest to Mexico

    12/19/2008 8:37:18 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 98 replies · 4,518+ views
    AmericanPatrol ^ | 12/19/08
    Removing All Doubt Obama Would Cede Southwest to Mexico American Patrol Report -- December 19 "We are all Americans, whether you are legalized or not" Anyone who still doubts that Barack Obama is determined to grant de-facto amnesty to millions of illegal aliens should explain to the rest of us why he picked Hilda Solis to be Secretary of Labor. A long-time supporter of la Reconquista, the Mexican takeover of the American Southwest, Solis is also a leader in the movement to silence Americans who speaks out against the invasion, specifically Lou Dobbs, Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly. At a...
  • 386th Airmen clear hazards, keep locals safe (EOD - BOOM!)

    11/26/2008 3:53:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 661+ views
    Air Force Link | Capt. Suzanne VanderWeyst , USAF
    11/26/2008 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- Beyond the wire of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing spans an area covered not only in sand but potential explosive hazards, aging from as far back as the Gulf War fighting that took place here in the early 90s. This time of year, the same area is inhabited by host-nation locals who follow a tradition of setting up camps, often with their families and livestock, during the winter months. Airmen of the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight are clearing the way for these local campers to enjoy the area in...
  • Acclaimed author Tony Hillerman dies at 83

    10/27/2008 7:22:29 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 29 replies · 531+ views
    Tulsa World ^ | 10/27/08 | staff
    PHOENIX -- Tony Hillerman, author of the acclaimed Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels and creator of two of the unlikeliest of literary heroes — Navajo police officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee — died Sunday of pulmonary failure. He was 83. Hillerman's daughter, Anne Hillerman, said her father's health had been declining in the last couple years and that he was at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque when he died at about 3 p.m. Hillerman lived through two heart attacks and surgeries for prostate and bladder cancer. He kept tapping at his keyboard even as his eyes began to dim, as...
  • Threat Matrix: October 2008

    10/06/2008 7:27:37 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 756 replies · 17,403+ views
    FBI Warns of Potential Terror Attacks The FBI and Department of Homeland Security today issued an analytical "note" to U.S. law-enforcement officials cautioning that al-Qaida terrorists have in the past expressed interest in attacking public buildings using a dozen suicide bombers each carrying 20 kilograms of explosives. Authors with the U.S. Office of Intelligence and Analysis added that they have "no credible or specific information that terrorists are planning operations against public buildings in the United States." The FBI and DHS analysts said they were releasing the note because "it is important for local authorities and building owners and...
  • Absolut Vodka Running Ad Showing Southwest As Part Of Mexico

    04/06/2008 5:41:42 AM PDT · by stevelackner · 13 replies · 239+ views ^ | April 5, 2008 | Steven W. Lackner
    What is the world coming to when Vodka is turning against you? The Los Angeles Times had a startling report about a new Absolut Vodka Ad. The LA times wrote that "the billboard and press campaign, created by advertising agency Teran\TBWA and now running in Mexico, is a colorful map depicting what the Americas might look like in an 'Absolut' -- i.e., perfect -- world. The U.S.-Mexico border lies where it was before the Mexican-American war of 1848 when California, as we now know it, was Mexican territory and known as Alta California." (To see the ad for yourself visit...
  • Airline Whistle-Blowers Were Ignored

    04/05/2008 8:29:39 AM PDT · by indcons · 16 replies · 151+ views
    Time ^ | 4/4/08 | Time
    The whistle-blowers who exposed maintenance and inspection problems at Southwest Airlines told Congress their jobs were threatened and their reports of noncompliance were ignored for years. Federal Aviation Administration inspector Douglas Peters choked up Thursday at a House hearing and needed a few sips of water to tell lawmakers about how a former manager came into his office, commented on pictures of Peters' family being most important, and then said his job could be jeopardized by his actions. Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., said FAA managers' actions displayed "malfeasance bordering on corruption," adding that if presented to a grand jury, the...