Southwest Airlines flight 872 from Dallas Love Field to Kansas City Friday morning made an unscheduled stop in Wichita today in order to drop off a flight attendant. Passengers weren’t told this was happening until just before boarding.
A passenger on board shares that the “17-year veteran pilot apologize[d]” to everyone on board for the extra long trip and offered that the situation was a “first for him too.”
According to Southwest, they “had to fill a one-person staffing hole in ICT to make sure an originator there was able to go. We avoided a big delay on that one by doing so.” In other words they didn’t have enough flight attendants to operate a flight that was originating in Wichita on Friday.
- If they cancelled that flight, they’d have also cancelled downline segments operated by the same plane.
- I believe Southwest’s earliest scheduled arrival into Wichita is at noon. Flying a crewmember on that scheduled St. Louis flight would have meant an hours-longer delay.
Flight WN872 ultimately arrived in Kansas City just 46 minutes late.