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Claim: Southwest Airlines provides free air travel to those who have AIDS or herpes.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, April 2007]
Origins: This curious e-mail began reaching us in late April 2007. In response to the many readers who have asked us about this, the answer is no, it's not true. Were Southwest Airlines (SWA) handing out $10,000 gift cards to those with sexually transmitted diseases, you wouldn't just be finding out about the freebie via a loopy
There's a remote possibility that whoever penned this "helpful" heads up was genuinely confused by one of the three-letter abbreviations
Even lacking that tidbit of knowledge, one should be able to rule out this rumor because Southwest is currently looking to increase its revenues, not cut them. Some of the measures it is contemplating include offering passengers the option of purchasing meals on its flights and paying extra to reserve specific seats or obtain priority boarding privileges. Management has set a 2007 goal of
Southwest, by the way, does not provide service "to any destination in the world": it flies only within the U.S.
Last updated: 26 April 2007
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