Jokes and Humor from Southwest Airlines

A Little Airline Humor

Southwest planes at a terminal in Oakland, CA.
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Southwest Airline's jokes are found all over the Internet. And, if we don't already have enough, the flight crews seem to make up new ones to entertain passengers. You never know what you'll encounter when you fly Southwest. In fact, having a sense of humor is part of the Southwest Airlines corporate culture

Heard in the Air

Most have heard this comment from a Southwest Airlines employee, "there may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only four ways out of this aircraft." And then there's this one that many have heard after a bump or two during landing, "that was quite a bump and I know what ya'll are thinking. I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight attendant's fault... it was the asphalt!"

The Wall Street Journal pointed out that airline humor took a hiatus after the tragic 9/11 events but that eventually, humor did return to the skies. 

Southwest Airlines is known for such comedic quotes as:

  • Jeff Simpson, SWA flight attendant, announced, "we'll be dimming the lights in the cabin... Pushing the light-bulb button will turn your reading light on. However, pushing the flight-attendant button will not turn your flight attendant on."
  • Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Southwest Airlines.
  • More than one passenger reports hearing, "We've been cleared for departure. Whether you like it or not, this Boeing is going!"
  • And many are used to hearing the joke, “in the event of a loss of cabin pressure, masks will drop down from overhead. Put your mask on. If you have a child put their mask on second. If you have more than one child then pick the one you love the most.”

Southwest Airlines Comedy Videos 

Be sure and have your cell phone charged up when you fly because you might be able to catch something like these fun comedy routines on video:

  • The pet squirrel song sung to the tune of the Hokey Pokey is a tribute to a flight attendant's pet squirrel.
  • The Rapping Flight Attendant at the La Guardia Opening comes complete with toy airplane back-up singers.
  • And, then there's the Flight Announcement Rap because "some flight attendants sing and some look good and some are both," which staves off boredom and involves the passengers in a bit of fun.
  • The safety briefing has never been better than when announced by this flight attendant who says this is a "no smoking, no complaining, no whining flight."

Southwest Airline Corporate Culture

Airline Reporter checked out the corporate culture at Southwest Airline's corporate headquarters at Dallas' Love Field and found out that, "humor is a big part of Southwest’s culture. In fact, I’m told that the company tests for a sense of humor when interviewing prospective employees with questions like, 'How did you use humor to extricate yourself from an embarrassing situation?' ” 

Southwest has a fun environment in their training center and, as the writer noted, there was a pop-up Irish pub on the roof.


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