A couple of weeks ago a few Southwest Employees in the New Orleans area had the rare chance to participate in the filming for Extreme Makeover Home Edition! As many of you know, Southwest is a long time sponsor of the show, and we even had the opportunity to incorporate a few airplane rooms into some of the previous episodes.
This particular event involved one of our aircraft and the scene was capturing volunteers for the project landing in New Orleans and heading out to the job site. Now, this sounds really easy, but our turns are so quick in New Orleans (many folks rushing to get their three for one on Bourbon Street or rushing home hoping those photos don't end up on Facebook) that the Extreme Makeover Home Edition Crew had to shoot the scene in about twenty minutes!
The flight arrived and we wanted to explain to Customers who were staying on the plane what was happening and why folks were going to run off of their plane cheering. One of the Extreme Makeover designers, Paul DiMeo, jumped on the plane and explained the whole situation to the Customers and even gathered ten volunteers from the plane to join in the fun.
Well, all of the volunteers lined up in the jetway welcoming Customers aboard the flight. We then all jumped on board the aircraft and pushed back from the gate. Next we pulled some airstairs up to the aircraft and got all the volunteers in place to run off!
The scene went off really well and the flight departed on time. We're so thankful that our Customers were good sports and were able to join in the fun. Goes to show that you never know what might happen on board Southwest...these folks thought they were just heading to Ft. Lauderdale for some R&R!
A special thanks to our New Orleans Team. We couldn't have done it without you!
Stay tuned for this episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition to air in May, you may recognize some of those volunteers!