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6 EL CAJON SOCCER PLAYERS CHARGED WITH DISRUPTING FLIGHT; FEDS ACCUSED OF RACIAL PROFILING

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 3, 2015 (El Cajon) – Six soccer players from El Cajon face federal charges of disrupting a Southwest Airline flight from San Diego to Chicago. The flight was diverted and landed in Texas Monday after a confrontation between crew members and the passengers.  If convicted of interfering with an airline flight, the young people could face up to 20 years in prison.

The federal complaint alleges that the young athletes in a Chaldean soccer league, all in their late teens or early 20s, used profanity, lunged at a flight attendant, and called her racist and a pig. But family and friends of those arrested say the dispute arose after flight attendants demanded that the players, all Iraqi-American Christians from El Cajon, stop talking in their native language. Some suggest racial profiling. Now another passenger has stepped forward to say he saw no altercation at all.

SOUTHWEST EXTENDS MEDICAL GRANTS FOR FREE FLIGHTS

 

February 15, 2015 (San Diego)--Southwest Airlines announced Tuesday it will provide over $3.2 million in free transportation to patients seeking medical treatment and to their caregivers.  Grants will be made through Southwest’s Medical Transportation Grant Program, which will have a 14% increase over last year.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINE CANCELS 10% OF ITS FLIGHTS

April 2, 2011 (San Diego) -- For our readers who have travel plans this weekend, please be aware that Southwest Airlines has cancelled 300 flights as it grounds 79 of its Boeing 737 aircraft for safety inspections. The inspections are anticipated to last several days as the planes are checked for "aircraft skin fatigue."

The grounding is a response to an accident yesterday in which a plane bearing 118 passengers taking off from Phoenix en route to Sacramento had a 3 foot hole torn in its fuselage. The pilot was able to land the plane safely in Yuma.

To read more details, click here. To check on the status of your flights, visit Southwestern Airline's website here.