Missed Opportunity

Southwest Airlines used to be….

I remember when people used to get dressed up prior to embarking on an airplane trip. Been to an airport lately? Those days are gone. If you want an idea of what people are wearing these days, but don’t want to pay for airport parking, there is an alternative. Walmart! There seems to be an attitude that if a traveler can wear an outfit to Walmart, they are good to fly.


Marie was eventually offered one of the flight attendant’s uniform sweaters, which she reportedly draped across her chest for the remainder of the flight. She also took to social media during the flight, blasting Southwest for taking issue with her clothing and asking, “What’s exactly wrong with what I have on?” I know, I know…. Plastic boobs encased in a leopard skin halter smaller that one’s face mask is a step to far.

In another incident a pilot intervened and gave the passenger a t-shirt to wear.

“The CAPTAIN of the flight loaned me his shirt so that I could board (having been removed from the flight and the flight being delayed). I eventually took it off.. Only to be told that I would have to speak with a supervisor upon landing,” she wrote in a tweet showing her seated with a “Boys of Summer” baseball T-shirt.

Herb Kelleher was a San Antonio attorney who nurtured Southwest Airlines and later became the CEO. Stories about Herb abound. During flights between Dallas and San Antonio, Herb was known to declare an open bar. Just how much drinking could one do in forty minutes? Under his tenure Southwest Airlines outfitted the flight attendants in hot pants outfits. Herb made flying fun. Herb died in 2019. I guess it shows. Southwest Airlines has been in the news for requiring some passengers to modify their mode of dress.

I think if Herb was still around these incidents would provide the grist for the next Southwest Airlines advertising foray.

Southwest Airlines, We’ll give you the shirt off our backs!

I was going to suggest that Southwest Airlines install full length mirrors at the boarding gate. On second thought that probably would work. What a disinterested observer sees and what these old gals see, ain’t the same.

Used to be flying and flight crews were regarded as exotic those days are gone. The only difference between a passenger aircraft and a crosstown bus is that the bus doesn’t have stewardesses.