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Bags Fly Free (But So Do Animal-Rights Commercials)

Published Mar. 31, 2010 | Discuss this article on Facebook

UPDATE: Southwest Airlines has issued the following statement: "We do not condone using the Inflight PA system to share a political opinion, and we deeply apologize that it made you and others onboard uncomfortable. We certainly respect the viewpoint and opinions of all our Customers. With this in mind, we have reached out to our Inflight Management Team to gather reports and address the situation with our Employee. Again, thank you for alerting us and providing the opportunity to address the situation and ensure that it will not happen again.

"Facebook is a marvelous thing. On Friday I posted a note describing a Thursday night incident that an Ohio pork producer told me about. So far, more than 45,000 people have read that Facebook post, and I can only imagine how many of them have taken some action already.

Here's the story: On the evening of Thursday, March 25, a group of Ohio farmers were on Southwest Airlines flight 556 from Baltimore-Washington International airport back home to Columbus, OH. And their friendly, perky Southwest flight attendant "Madilyn" took advantage of her captive audience to ad-lib an ad for the Humane Society of the United States's planned Ohio ballot initiative over the aircraft's PA system.

The following is how Duane, one of those farmers, described the show in his letter to Southwest. I'm reprinting it with his permission, and leaving out the flight attendant's last name. (You can put down the torches and pitchforks. I'm not telling.)

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