Update: Did Southwest Airlines Refuse Boarding for a Dying Passenger?

Wow, I’m really disappointed that I just now found this. Over at BlogSouthwest.com, Kathy Gloria, Manager of Executive Office Customer Communications at Southwest Airlines, posted a response to the overweight passenger situation I posted about last month. She writes,

“We regret that this unfortunate situation occurred, and we are in the process of expressing our regret to this Customer and his family. Out of regard for their privacy, we can’t comment on the specifics of the circumstances in a public forum like this blog. But I hope you realize that, as a Company which has a longstanding reputation for compassion, we are always striving to do the right thing.”

Regardless of the fact that she couldn’t really give us any new information, I still think it’s really cool that Southwest Airlines has a blog that allows employees to address the public on situations like this. It’s a step in the right direction, and further supports my choice to fly Southwest over most other carriers when I have the option.