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SW Airlines: Here’s $5000 for Your Near-Death Experience

SW Airlines: Here’s $5000 for Your Near-Death Experience
Ryan Boyd

Along with “sincere apologies” for the engine malfunction on Flight 1380 that resulted in the death of one passenger, Southwest Airlines has presented some of the flight’s passengers with checks worth $5,000 for their experiences.

According to passenger Kamau Siwatu, Southwest sent him a check along with a letter reading “We value you as our customer and hope you will allow us another opportunity to restore your confidence in Southwest as the airline you can count on for your travel needs … In this spirit, we are sending you a check in the amount of $5,000 to cover any of your immediate financial needs.”

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  1. troybondi

    April 20, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    By law, they really don’t owe anyone more than payment for after effects.

  2. Centurion

    April 20, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Not only is it a PR move but a legal move. Typical you guys do not get it. And I am not talking about some under paid flyertalk writer but major news media.

  3. BThumme

    April 20, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    If you accept it, doesn’t it negate the ability to pursue a class action lawsuit, if so desired?

  4. mvoight

    April 20, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    NO, it does NOT. They were not required to sign anything removing their ability to sue

  5. JackE

    April 20, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    It said it’s for IMMEDIATE needs. That’s not a release of liability, if there is any.

  6. Annandaler

    April 21, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Only negates your ability to pursue a class action lawsuit if a statement to that effect appears above your signature when endorsing the back of the check. No mention has been made of anyone being asked to sign away any legal rights when accepting (signing) this check.

  7. SpaceCoastBill

    April 21, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Smart move on their part, much less costly than dealing with lawsuits. You just know the slimy contingency fee lawyers are lingin up with the claims of lifetime damage and irrepairable harm claims.

    This thing was scary, but hardly life threatening. (except for one unfortunate soul)

    5K is a pretty good deal. For those with family of say 4…… thats a good chunk of change.

  8. SpaceCoastBill

    April 21, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    The person asking about a class action lawsuit has zero understanding of that process. Basically the lawyers get the largest amount, the first guy to file gets less, and those down the line share in a pot of money and get pennies.

    Unless you can prove negligence, its a simple s$%t happens kind of thing. Take your 5 grand and call it a day.

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