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Southwest Airlines flight attendant Kate Odorizzi demonstrates the type of therapy she received for a work-related injury. Dan Pelle, SR photo
In 2012, a partnership between Southwest Airlines and St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute resulted in a new addition at St. Luke’s – a portion of a retrofitted airplane fuselage.
The fuselage landed at St. Luke’s Community, a 2,200-square-foot therapy area dedicated to helping people recover after an injury or illness. And soon, it helped one of Southwest’s own to return to the job she loved.
Kate Odorizzi has been a Southwest flight attendant for 15 years. Odorizzi moved to Spokane in 2004, although her job is based in Oakland. “Spokane was my favorite overnight,” she said. “I love the four seasons.”
In March 2011, she was working in the aft gallery when her flight encountered severe turbulence. She was violently tossed from side to side in the small area.
“Everything in the galley came out – glassware, drawers – every item became a projectile and I encountered everything.” Full story, Cindy Hval, SR
Have you ever encountered severe turbulence on a flight?
Southwest Airlines will shut down its Spokane to Portland flights in January, the airline announced.
The decision follows Southwest’s move to drop service to Seattle at the start of this year.
Southwest flies two flights to and from Portland daily.
In terms of total passengers, Portland is the second most-frequent destination from Spokane, according to federal transportation numbers.
Seattle ranks ahead of Portland.
With six flights daily, Alaska Airlines flies more passengers to and from Portland than Southwest does, the data show.
For a full description of the impact, go to this story on Spokesman.com.
Tony Lamanna, Inland Northwest Honor Flight’s director, greeted the guests at the Pearl Harbor event at Spokane Falls Community College with grim news. The future of the program is in jeopardy due to lack of funds. Inland Northwest Honor Flight takes local war veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit memorials honoring their service and sacrifices. Since 2009, 403 area veterans have made the trip, courtesy of the program. “We have lost the free tickets from Southwest Airlines,” Lamanna said. “Southwest is still giving tickets to Honor Flight, but Honor Flight is only giving those to new hubs just starting out.” The decision was made at the national level/Cindy Hval, SR. More here. (2011 SR file photo: Dan Foster, who flew in World War II, Korea, the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam, is greeted with cheers Sunday at Spokane International Airport after enjoying Honor Flight trip to Washington)
Question: Do you know someone who has used the service of Honor Flight?
Southwest Airlines has announced it is trimming four flights each day between Seattle and Spokane starting Jan. 8, reducing passenger choices in getting to the West Coast air corridor.
The announcement on Monday was part of a package of schedule changes that will result in 102 fewer flights in a cost-cutting move by the nationwide carrier.
The two current inbound flights from Seattle and the two departures from Spokane to Seattle are being cut, leaving no direct flights between Spokane and Seattle on Southwest.
Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air have been strong in serving that corridor over the years.
Spokane passengers will still be able to get to Southwest destinations through Portland and other hub cities such as Denver and Phoenix.
The changes were published Monday for the period from Jan. 8 through March 9.
The recent mishap on the Southwest Airlines flight in which a mid-flight fuselage hole depressurized the cabin in scary ways reminded me of a story a USA Today colleague told decades ago.
He was having girlfriend troubles and I think they'd even fought before he boarded the plane. As the plane took off, a door somewhere (maybe to the luggage area) opened up and catapulted the plane around. It was several minutes before the plane could get back on the ground. He said he heard a lot of screaming, a lot of praying, but he found himself shouting the girlfriend's name over and over.
They broke up anyway, even though he was sure those name shoutings meant true love.
Ever had a huge scare like this? What were you shouting, whispering, praying, thinking about in what you thought might be your final moments of life?
Southwest Airlines is looking to fix its relationships with about 15 North Idaho state legislators.
A story in Wednesday's Spokesman-Review noted the 15 are irked by a change in Southwest's flights between Boise and Spokane. All 15 were using a 2:35 p.m. afternoon flight on Fridays to get back to North Idaho for the weekend.
Southwest eliminated that flight a week ago. In order not to have to wait until the 9 p.m. flight for Spokane, Idaho's legislative leaders will convene Friday sessions an hour earlier to let the group get out in time to catch a 1 p.m. flight home.
Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls, was burned enough to write a note to the Southwest CEO. In the story Wednesday, Henderson said he got a canned reply.
Southwest Spokeswoman Michelle Agnew sent us a message today saying the airline is going to be more repsonsive. “I was able to confirm our Customer Relations Team did respond with a letter to Rep. Henderson on Feb. 11. We have a customer relations rep following up with Rep. Henderson's office today.”
Item: Boise man pleads guilty to battery for 'tapping' 15-year-old who wouldn’t turn off phone on airplane/Patrick Orr, Idaho Statesman
More Info: Russell Miller will have to spend two days in jail or do the equivalent amount of community service after pleading guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of battery in connection with a Dec. 28 incident that made him an Internet sensation. That’s the day Boise police say Miller hit a 15-year boy sitting across the aisle from him on the arm on a Southwest Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Boise — because the boy didn’t turn his phone off during takeoff. That’s also the day the news about Miller’s arrest became a national story — from being discussed on CNN and MSNBC to being fodder for hundreds of blogs nationwide.
Question: Should Boisean Russell Miller have been charged with misdemeanor battery for “tapping” a teen who wasn't obeying flight attendant orders on Southwest Airlines to shut down his cell phone?
DFO: Back home in CdA after a wonderful week in Denver. I was impressed by lead stewardess on my Southwest Airlines flight No. 918 who reminded everyone as we were landing in Spokane that (Monday) is Memorial Day. She then asked all the vets to punch their call lights in their seats to allow other passengers to know that they’d served their country. The loaded plane then burst into applause. Additionally, the veterans were asked by the stewardess to de-plane first. Wonderful return to our area. The pouring rain after the Denver sunshine didn’t diminish that moment in the friendly skies.
Question: How did you observe Memorial Day?