HOUSTON -- A former Southwest Airlines employee has filed a discrimination lawsuit, claiming that workers created a "whites-only" break room at Hobby Airport.Harris County resident Jamel Parker's lawsuit against the airline states his former employer subjected black employees, including himself, to "extreme race discrimination."RELATED: Man says he was denied bus ride because he's black The "whites-only" break room, he claims, existed for years until a recent renovation removed it.Parker also claims a noose made of bungee cords hung at Southwest-controlled gate 45 at Hobby."Southwest is quick to fire blacks while whites are given lesser discipline and chances to improve conduct," Parker's lawsuit states on racial standards within the company.In this instance, the lawsuit mentions Parker's April 2017 firing from Southwest for allegedly damaging a power cord and not reporting it. The document says, "similarly situated white employees who engaged in nearly identical behavior were not … [Read more...] about Former Southwest Airlines employee files lawsuit, claiming ‘whites-only’ Texas airport break room
A former Southwest Airlines employee is alleging racial discrimination at the Dallas-based carrier, claiming coworkers set up a whites-only breakroom at Houston Hobby Airport that persisted for years, according to a federal lawsuit. The suit, filed by Harris County resident Jamel Parker, also alleges that a noose made of bungee cords was found at a Hobby Airport gate controlled by Southwest Airlines in 2017.Parker began working for AirTran in 2008 and joined Southwest in 2013 after the companies merged.He said he became aware of the segregated break room, referred to as the “WB” for white breakroom, shortly after joining Southwest in 2013, according to the lawsuit. Parker alleges that his supervisor was aware of the breakroom and that it was only removed due to renovations that converted it into an office in 2016 or 2017, the lawsuit said. … [Read more...] about Former Southwest Airlines employee says coworkers had ‘whites-only’ break room at Houston airport
By Andrea Leinfelder Published 10:21 am CDT, Thursday, September 20, 2018 A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 taxis after landing at Houston's Hobby Airport. Keep going for planes that fly over Houston. A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 taxis after landing at Houston's Hobby Airport. Keep going for planes that fly over Houston. Photo: Bill Montgomery / Houston Chronicle Houston's skies are full of interesting aircraft. From the Antonov An-225 to NASA's Super Guppy and the Airbus A350, a variety of planes and helicopters have recently been spotted overhead. Click through the photos to see what has visited Bush Intercontinental, Hobby and Ellington airports.Sources: Bill Montgomery with the Chronicle, Ryan Jorgenson with FlightAware and Nathan Moeller with Astro95 Media. less Houston's skies are full of interesting aircraft. From the Antonov An-225 to NASA's Super Guppy and the Airbus A350, a … [Read more...] about Southwest Airlines to give $1 million to nonprofits across the U.S.
Editor's note: This story was originally published on Oct. 27, 2017. We are republishing it as airlines monitor and respond to Hurricane Florence as it approaches the East Coast. On a recent weekday afternoon, meteorologist George Tabeek sits in front of a bank of monitors at Southwest Airlines’ operations center, tracking a line of thunderstorms as it works its way across the Midwest.The weather pattern is relatively routine, especially after the recent hurricanes that disrupted operations at Southwest and other airlines for weeks on end. But it’s still important enough to lead Tabeek’s daily afternoon briefing to a team of airline planners, schedulers and dispatchers, who will take that information and incorporate it into the carrier’s operating plan for the coming hours and days.“We always want to stick to the science,” Tabeek said of meteorologists’ role in helping keep Southwest’s roughly 4,000 daily flights safe … [Read more...] about Meet the Southwest Airlines storm trackers watching the skies to keep your flights safe
American and Southwest airlines are preparing for travel disruptions later this week as Hurricane Florence bears down on the East Coast, with travel advisories being issued Monday to allow passengers to switch their flights to avoid the storm’s path. Hurricane Florence, which was upgraded to a Category 4 storm Monday, is expected to make landfall somewhere near North Carolina and South Carolina late Thursday or early Friday.Already, American Airlines is letting customers flying to one of 23 airports in four states potentially affected by the storm to reschedule their travel without incurring a change fee.That includes Charlotte’s Douglas International Airport, the second-biggest hub in American’s system, with 674 daily flights. American’s Hurricane Florence advisory also includes airports in Charleston, Columbia, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Greenville, Raleigh-Durham and Asheville, North Carolina; Norfolk, Richmond and Charlottesville, Va.; and … [Read more...] about American, Southwest airlines issue travel advisories as Hurricane Florence approaches Carolinas