A Southwest Airlines 737 suffered an engine malfunction during a flight from LaGuardia International Airport in New York to Dallas. At one point, a portion of an engine broke away and struck the side of the aircraft, causing one window to be shattered and nearly sucking out a passenger.
Eemergency overhead oxygen masks automatically deployed as designed, with frightened passengers donning them immediately.
"I wasn't sure what was happening, but I was plenty scared, I can tell you that," said passenger Shawna Jackson of Fort Worth, who is African-American. "Once I got my mask on I started looking around to see if I could help anyone with their mask. You know, they always tell you to do that during those pre-flight briefings once you get on the plane."
But then, Jackson said, something more important than a possible crash during an emergency landing caught her attention.
"I noticed that all the drop-down masks had a picture of a white guy on them," she said. "There was no diversity at all. Just that same white guy on all the masks.
“I was thinking, ‘You mean to tell me out of all these seats on a big plane like this you can’t have one black woman or a Hispanic on your drop-down oxygen masks? I just find that disgraceful and unacceptable in the 21st century,” she said, shaking her head.
Posted by David Armstrong on Friday, September 21, 2018