Example: [Collected via e-mail, April 2007]
Fly free with Southwest Airlines to any destination in the US.
Southwest Airlines gives discounts to anyone with AIDS or herpes, or festering infections. If you have a sexually transmitted disease then fly free with Southwest Airlines to any destination in the world.
Just sign up, providing proof of your STD, and you will receive your $10,000 dollar Southwest gift card.
There are no blackout dates or restrictions.
Go any where you want to go in the world.
Pack your bags and start flying with Southwest.
Origins: This curious e-mail began reaching us in late April 2007. In response to the many readers who have asked us about this, the answer is no, it's not true. Were Southwest Airlines (SWA) handing out $10,000 gift cards to those with sexually transmitted diseases, you wouldn't just be finding out about the freebie via a loopy
There's a remote possibility that whoever penned this "helpful" heads up was genuinely confused by one of the three-letter abbreviations
Even lacking that tidbit of knowledge, one should be able to rule out this rumor because Southwest is currently looking to increase its revenues, not cut them. Some of the measures it is contemplating include offering passengers the option of purchasing meals on its flights and paying extra to reserve specific seats or obtain priority boarding privileges. Management has set a 2007 goal of
Southwest, by the way, does not provide service "to any destination in the world": it flies only within the U.S.
Last updated: 26 April 2007
Hensel, Bill. "Southwest Seeks a Revenue Lift." The Houston Chronicle. 30 March 2007 (Business; p. 1).