Newsom Flies Southwest

Here’s an interesting item from the SF Chronicle’s Matier & Ross political column. We’d expect the Newsom’s to be particular to our hometown carrier (Virgin America) but it looks like they mix up their biz on other carriers. “Special service: It’s usually first-come, first-served seating on Southwest Airlines. So a passenger flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles bright and early Monday was a bit taken aback when, just as she reached the front of the line, two airline agents stopped her. ‘They said the mayor’s wife was running late, and they needed to save her a seat,’ said our flier, a local attorney who asked that we withhold her name. The line of passengers was kept waiting while one of the agents boarded the plane and placed a ‘reserved’ sign on a window bulkhead seat. And, indeed, with plenty of time to spare, the mayor’s wife, actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom, arrived and took her seat. Airline spokesman Brad Hawkins told us that although Southwest doesn’t often reserve seats for passengers, ‘we do make exceptions for anyone legitimately in a bind, and our employees are empowered to make sure the flight leaves on time.’ In this instance, we’re told, the plane left a minute ahead of schedule.”

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