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September 1, 2009 | Associated Press
Southwest Airlines Co., facing a Tuesday deadline to settle a dispute with regulators over the use of unapproved parts, said Monday that the parts were installed on almost twice as many planes as it first believed. The airline also has suspended the maintenance firm that got the parts from a subcontractor. Southwest said it had replaced the unapproved parts in more than 25 planes but needed more time to find parts for the remaining jets and avoid a disruption in its service.
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April 27, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Airline mergers have put more than 70% of the nation's domestic traffic in the hands of four major carriers. But low-cost airlines still have some influence over airfares. A new study shows that when an airline such as JetBlue, Spirit, Frontier, Alaska and Southwest launches service on an existing domestic route, the average price from all carriers drops as much as 67%. It's good news for travelers, but aviation experts say most popular routes are still dominated by the four biggest carriers - United, Delta, Southwest and the soon-to-be-merged American Airlines and US Airways.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2006
RE "Southwest Faces Major Repair Job," by Christopher Reynolds, March 21: What saddens me is that nobody seems to be willing to talk about the issue of the Southwest Museum closing in terms of the people who will truly be impacted by the decisions that are being made. Schoolchildren from Los Angeles County will no longer have the experience of coming to the Southwest Museum, of being introduced to Native American culture and artifacts in the way that they can at the museum. They will not have the experience of learning from elders in the community who hold the knowledge about this collection.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Southwest Airlines flight attendant Marty Cobb has gone viral -- just for giving the in-flight safety briefing on a recent flight. Cobb's one-liners delivered with impeccable comic timing sent a YouTube video of her hilarious instructions into the stratosphere. By Thursday, it had 8.7 million views and counting -- and it's just one of the funny ways that flight attendants and airlines bring new life to stale safety briefings. Cobb had a planeload of fliers in stitches. Here's the YouTube video posted Saturday and some of her best quips: "As you know, it's a no-smoking, no-whining, no-complaining flight.
TRAVEL
June 10, 2001
Regarding "Hidden Contract Rules Catch One-Way Fliers" (Travel Insider, May 13): The answer to the idiotic rules of most airlines is to fly Southwest Airlines. One-way fares are only slightly more than one-half round-trip fares. No Saturday stay-over is required. You can change your mind and get full credit for up to a year (no $75 or $100 fee). Businesses today seek every savings they can find. Trying to soak the businessperson is out of date. The only trend that makes sense is to treat all customers right and fill those seats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
One runway at Los Angeles International Airport was temporarily closed Friday after a Southwest jet blew a tire after landing. None of the 79 people on board Southwest Airlines Flight 1641 were injured when a main landing gear tire was blown when it landed at LAX around 8:40 a.m., said Los Angeles World Airports spokeswoman Nancy Castles. The passengers on board deplaned while on a taxiway and were bused to their gate, Castles said. No fire or hazardous materials were exposed during the incident, Castles added.
SCIENCE
January 30, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Irrigation in California's Central Valley pours so much water vapor into the atmosphere that it significantly drives up summer rainfall and runoff in the Southwest, according to a new study. Using a global climate model and estimates of agricultural water use in the Central Valley, UC Irvine scientists concluded that increased evapotranspiration and water vapor export from the valley had a significant effect on the interior Southwest's weather patterns. Average rainfall during the region's summer monsoon season is 15% greater than it would be without the influence of Central Valley irrigation, and the extra precipitation boosts Colorado River flows by 28%, according to the researchers' computer modeling.
NEWS
November 11, 2012
Philadelphia has had its share of wild weather of late, but it's still a great place to visit even bundled up or huddled under an umbrella. Now Southwest makes it less expensive to see the City of Brotherly Love: $242 round trip, including all taxes and fees, for travel between Nov. 28 and May 31 (although holiday blackouts apply). It is subject to availability, but there is no minimum stay. You can travel any day of the week. Info: Southwest , (800) 435-9792. Source: Airfarewatchdog Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel , like us on Facebook @Los Angeles Times Travel.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Southwest Airlines Co. named Chief Executive Gary Kelly chairman, succeeding Herb Kelleher, the co-founder of the low-fare carrier who is leaving the board after 41 years. Kelleher, 77, will remain an employee for five more years at the Dallas airline. Kelly, 53, previously was vice chairman. Kelly takes full charge of Southwest as he extends a series of changes designed to boost revenue in response to rising fuel and labor costs.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Southwest Airlines Co., the discount carrier that touts itself as an "efficiency machine," decided that it was a good investment to spend $100,000 for beverage stir sticks topped with a heart. That was Southwest's projected annual savings by switching to straws from the red-plastic sticks adorned with a heart in a nod to the airline's "love" marketing theme. Instead, it dropped the idea after some employees protested. "Feedback from our flight attendants was that they felt the benefit of keeping the heart stir stick outweighed the potential cost savings," Beth Harbin, a spokeswoman for Dallas-based Southwest, said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A 23-year-old man accused of trying to open a jetliner door during a California-bound Southwest Airlines flight is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. Joshua Carl Lee Suggs was arrested Sunday after Flight 722 left Chicago's Midway Airport and made an emergency landing in Omaha, according to a criminal complaint. Suggs, a Sacramento native, has been charged with interfering with flight crew members and attendants.  Witnesses told various media outlets the incident started an hour into the flight when they heard a flight attendant screaming for help.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A flight bound for Sacramento was forced to make an emergency landing in Omaha after witnesses say a passenger tried to open the door midair. Passengers said they were forced to restrain the man, identified by KCRA-TV as Joshua Carl Lee Suggs, who was escorted off the plane by airport authorities after Sunday's incident. A total of 135 passengers and five crew members were aboard the Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago. Some were fainting and nauseated and even crying, witnesses told KCRA in Sacramento.
TRAVEL
March 21, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO DENVER From LAX, United, Southwest, American and Frontier offer nonstop service to Denver; Southwest offers direct service (stop, no change of plane); and US Airways, United, Southwest, American and Delta offer connecting service (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $362, including taxes and fees. The Yampah Hot Springs Vapor Caves and the Glenwood Hot Springs pool are both off Interstate 70 in Glenwood Springs, Colo., about 180 miles, or three hours, from Denver.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
AUSTIN, Texas - Here's to bad vibes, colored vomit and off-years. Go ahead and toast those who prevailed at South by Southwest by getting signed, licensed or folded into a future marketing plan, but the losers in this vicious cycle earned more respect. This was a year in which Apple infiltrated the event to put on its own "festival" within the festival, and the year that party sponsors required that before entering, attendees sign away their rights for possible commercial use. The keynote speaker, Lady Gaga, trivialized bulimia with a shocking stunt, and the salted snack brand that funded her bull-in-a-china-shop arrival at South by Southwest further insulted the festival's spirit of creation with ham-fisted ploys to link music and munchies.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Mikael Wood and August Brown
AUSTIN, Texas - A drum kit stood assembled and cans of beer were piled in a bucket. But otherwise, the outdoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie's was empty Thursday afternoon, an unusual sight for the ordinarily bustling South by Southwest music festival. Earlier that day, a suspected drunk driver had plowed through a crowd gathered in front of the downtown venue, killing two people and injuring 23 others, police said. An annual conference that also includes portions dedicated to film and technology, SXSW brings thousands of people to downtown Austin every March - an estimated 325,000 came in 2013.
NATIONAL
March 13, 2014 | By August Brown and Matt Pearce
AUSTIN, Texas - Rashad Charjuan Owens was a music producer with hopes of stardom. He lived in Killeen, Texas, about 70 miles from this city's famed South by Southwest Conference, the annual festival where the worlds of music, film and technology blur. Police said an officer on drunk-driving patrol tried to stop a gray sedan about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. But the car took off, weaving, then accelerating the wrong way on a one-way street. It went through police barricades that were set up on Red River Street to protect pedestrians, then dashed through the entertainment district, where the bands X and TEEN had just wrapped up. Rapper Tyler the Creator was scheduled to perform at 1 a.m. During the chaotic flight under pursuit by the police, the vehicle - which authorities said may have been stolen - hit a moped, a taxi and a bicyclist, then went onto a sidewalk and hit a van, police said.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2014 | By Steve Appleford
AUSTIN, Texas - Edward Snowden brought no bombshells when he arrived to an excited round of applause Monday, his stubbled face relaxed as it was beamed in from across the continents for a "virtual conversation" about the vulnerability of personal data. His presence was event enough. Public appearances by the former National Security Agency contractor and U.S. exile are rare, and this one was beamed in from an undisclosed location in Russia via several online proxies for his own security, a bit of technological cloak-and-dagger that could only add to his mystique for the three roomfuls of international tech specialists struggling to hear his words in video that was choppy and often inaudible.
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