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A Brief Look Back recessions, and an anemic, slow-torecover global economy. The industry has rebounded and appears to be as healthy as I’ve seen in my career. At Southwest, we transformed our business model for the new realities of an operating environment that’s radically different from that of just 15 years ago. One effect of “the Lost Decade” was a sharp decline in shorthaul travel, the demographic that Southwest was built to serve. Therefore, we pivoted our capabilities to serve our Customers on longer flights. This transformation necessitated a massive amount of change, including the overhaul of our

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Una breve mirada al pasado industria ha repuntado y en estos momentos parece gozar de la mayor solidez que he visto en toda mi carrera. En Southwest, transformamos nuestro modelo de negocios para adecuarnos a las nuevas realidades de un entorno operativo radicalmente diferente del que había hace tan solo 15 años. Uno de los efectos de la “Década Perdida” fue la significativa disminución en los viajes de corta distancia, que eran justamente el sector demográfico de Southwest. Por esta razón, decidimos adaptar nuestras capacidades para servir a nuestros Clientes en vuelos más largos. Esta transformación requería gran cantidad de cambios, como renovar nuestro programa de viajero frecuente, incorporar un nuevo tipo de aeronave más grande, adquirir

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Five years ago, more than 20 years after becoming deaf from a barefoot waterski fall as a teen, I got back on the water. While flying home from my last barefoot waterskiing trip of this year, I tweeted how much I love Southwest for not charging for wet suits, preboarding deaf passengers, and friendly staff! (I also appreciate the text alerts for gate and flight changes.) When I got home, I found a warm Southwest blanket, sent by social care senior representative Nicole LaPointe, to help me face the end of my season. Thanks for the LUV! —Karen Griffard Putz Nicole LaPointe responds  Thank you for being an inspiration to us all, Karen. Stay cozy until your feet can get back to waterskiing! GR ATEFUL DAD

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As a former brewmaster, Peter Hoey spent nearly 12 years learning to decipher which ingredients yield the right amount of froth. He honed his skills at Sacramento Brewing, as well as the iconic Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (which is credited as one of the leaders of the craft beer revolution). Whether he’s sourcing ingredients for his full-time gig at Brewers Supply Group or guest teaching “brewing science” at a local university, beer is infused throughout Peter’s life. Keeping up in the booming business of brewing isn’t easy, but Peter is thankful he can count on Southwest Airlines to get him everywhere he needs to be in order to succeed. “The No. 1 reason I fly Southwest is the People,” he says. “Being in a social industry, I can tell immediately whether someone likes their job—Southwest Employees love what they do!” Peter travels weekly from his home base of Sacramento, where he’s become good friends with some of the Crew Members on his regular routes—not uncommon for members of the Rapid Rewards frequent flier program. In addition to great Customer Service, the ability to easily redeem points and the flexibility to change his plans really comes in handy as he covers territory from Seattle to Santa Fe. Peter finds many ways to redeem his points, both for business and pleasure. He recently treated his 7-year-old daughter to a trip to San Diego. “She wanted to go on an airplane like I do,” he says. Peter, we appreciate the love you’ve shown us. We’re happy to help you keep the “crafty” beverages on tap! —Sydney Leonard

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Words make brains grow. That’s my unscientific interpretation of the research behind the Thirty Million Words Initiative, a movement to close the achievement gap by getting kids to hear more words by age 4. (No, you don’t have to count them.) Heidi Stevens, a parent and author, writes about the effort on page 76. Most parenting advice just makes me feel guilty, but Thirty Million Words makes special sense to me. It’s not just about talking to children; it’s about listening as well. I’ve found that how you react to your kids’ words greatly influences how they turn out. Case in point: Years ago, my toddler son was driving his big sister crazy, and she began to make a fist. “Use your words,” her mother said. Our daughter considered this for a second and then turned back to her

brother and used her words: “This is going to hurt.” Today she’s a nurse whose bedside manner features a biting sense of humor. When she was young, we would listen to Dorothy Jr.’s talk of diseases and herbal concoctions during family weekend hikes in New Hampshire. George liked to discuss religion and education. (He once asked the best college for majoring in spelling.) George eventually studied religion and became a teacher. I wonder how they would have turned out if I had steered the conversation toward hedge funds and the importance of supporting parents in their dotage. But I don’t regret a thing. Those hikes took us away from all the white noise of electronic devices. You would think that young brains develop better when the family sound track is their own. Besides, I believe the words between parent and child are worth the time regardless of the outcome. After all, those words create the most human of all miracles: a conversation.

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I got on my flight after a long day and was lamenting the rest of my week. And then I read your article “The Original Rhythm” [October 2015]. I wasn’t expecting to cry or get emotional, but I did. The story reminded me that life is short and every beat is measured. It changed my attitude and outlook. Thanks for the great article!

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I have never been so moved in the sky as I was by your article on the heartbeat. Yes, tears in my eyes—I had to use my Southwest napkin to catch them. The mom hearing the transplanted heart of her young daughter beating in the mom of two who would now go on living. The dad listening to the heartbeat of his young son in music. Traumatic, dramatic stories of sorrow and then comfort and peace. I’m on the ground now, forever touched by these young children, gone too soon, with hearts that are joyfully beating, comforting family.

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My husband brought home a copy of Southwest: The Magazine that he’d read on his trip to San Francisco. He said there was an article in it that he thought I’d love. It was “The Original

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Meet the people behind this issue. Brad Thomas Parsons WRITER

The A–Z Guide to Spirits (Amaro) / p. 64

Kevin Miyazaki PHOTOGRAPHER

30 Million Words / p. 76

PHOTOGRAPHER

Cover; The A–Z Guide to Spirits / p. 63 Dave captured the dapper Los Angeles bar on our cover, though he was too busy during the shoot to actually imbibe. On his days off the Los Angeleno heads an hour south of the city to the Huntington Dog Beach, a mile-long stretch of off-leash puppy playground. “It’s one of my favorite places to go, whether it’s warm or cold out. It usually wears out my dog for days.” On your next visit, follow Dave’s lead and let your own pooch run free. The dog-friendly Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel is only a mile from the park. @DAVELAURIDSEN

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Zsofia McMullin WRITER

A World of His Own / p. 54 This month, Zsofia reflects on searching for her roots with her son. Back home, they frequent the Connecticut Science Center. “It’s one of Sam’s preferred hangouts. And I have to admit—I don’t mind playing with Legos either.”

Look for Edwin’s whimsical images throughout the spirits package. The Seattle resident’s favorite spot: “Watching cars from underneath the grated Montlake Bridge, a historical landmark that crosses the Lake Washington Ship Canal, is like a living game of Frogger.”

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ED ANDERSON (PARSONS)

Dave Lauridsen

Kevin tells us where he gets his art fix at home: “The Milwaukee Art Museum hosts terrific photography exhibitions. Larry Sultan: Here and Home runs through January 24 and is the first retrospective of the late artist.”

Brad takes us on a liqueur pilgrimage to Chicago. His choice hometown hangout in Brooklyn: “Prime Meats remains my go-to for amaro-kissed cocktails, pristine oysters, handmade pretzels, and the perfect plate of steak frites.”

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December 7, 1963—the annual Army-Navy game. As home audiences rewatched a touchdown, the announcer clarified, “This is not live! ... Army did not score again!” At first, instant replay was used just to enhance broadcasts; while the NFL recognized its potential as a refereeing tool, the league didn’t adopt it until 1986 (it was shelved in ’92 and reintroduced in ’99). Why the lag? “Cost was a factor,” says pro football historian Ken Crippen. “The technology was expensive to install in all stadiums.” Anyone whose team has suffered a bad call will agree: It was worth the investment.

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Girls Who Code is on track to teach 10,000 young women to code by the end of this year.

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The Girls Who Code founder is a big fan of rejection—just ask her. My first big dance with failure was law school. I was around 13 when I decided I wanted to go to Yale. I had my dad print out the U.S. News & World Report with Yale as the No. 1 law school. I circled it, put it on the refrigerator, and stared at it every day. When I was finally old enough to apply, I got rejected three separate times. I eventually ended up going to Georgetown and transferring to Yale, but year after year of getting those rejection letters was really painful. I ran for Congress in 2010 and lost, and then in 2013 I ran for Public Advocate for the City of New York and lost again. But had I not lost my congressional bid, Girls Who Code wouldn’t exist today. The point is you never know where your journey will lead you. Being open to failure, risk, and rejection is the key to ending up exactly where you’re supposed to be.

FRIEND BENEFITS We don’t realize the power in our own networks. Girls Who Code is now a national nonprofit, but it was once just an idea in my head that came to life because people I was connected to by one or two degrees believed in me. LISTEN UP, GIRLS I tell the young women in my life to be direct, to be specific. Don’t worry about whether or not you’re imposing or how busy someone is. Men don’t care about those things.

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The Couple  GreG Steed: CEO, Northwest Brewing Company educ: BA, Western Washington Univ. IntereStS: Running, golf, skiing  JennIe (Bowen) Steed: Marketing Brand Manager – International Coffee Corporation educ: BA, University of MA, Amherst IntereStS: Yoga, Theatre and Hiking

It’s rare to hear about a love story that starts on an airplane. When single, we all secretly wish that the romance of meeting someone while traveling just might happen to us.

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ennie Bowen Steed’s idea of finding love changed on a flight when she saw an ad for It’s Just Lunch, a personalized matchmaking service for busy professionals. Jennie had been divorced for two years, and

her time was focused on her career & family. The ad read like a good friend who could introduce her to single, professional men she wouldn’t have the opportunity to meet on her own. Today, Bowen Steed is married to

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her match Greg Steed whom she met through It's Just Lunch. We sat down with Greg and Jennie to learn about their dating experience, lifestyle, and why they chose to invest in their pursuit of relationship happiness. 

"Dating shouldn’t feel like a job. Finding a match takes work – but let it be my job. Then you can go have the fun." -Melissa Brown

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Where were you at in your life when you decided to join IJL?

grEg:

I’d been divorced for about two years, and it was a hectic time career wise. My company was in a transitional phase, and it demanded a lot of my time and effort, so I didn’t have time for much else.

JENNIE: I’d also been divorced about two years. Being a single mom and working full-time, it wasn’t a huge priority of mine to go out and do the legwork it took to meet someone; it felt like having another job, and I didn’t have time for that.

Favorite first date memories?

grEg: I was attracted to her right away. On the second date there was a real chemistry. Then it evolved very, very quickly. JENNIE:

When Greg and I started talking, I discovered we had similar careers. I remember the conversation was so easy and comfortable. When I shared my date feedback with my IJL matchmaker, I let her know that Greg and I had made arrangements to attend a big award dinner at his country club. The minute I walked in, I knew he was a consummate gentleman. I felt so cared for. He was attentive and made sure I was introduced to everyone.

How did IJL compare to your online dating experience?

grEg: Online dating isn’t easy, it’s work. I’ve got a full-time career; I didn’t need another job. With IJL they did everything for me. You’re busy with your career and everything else going on – IJL was just easier. The caliber of matches was much higher. JENNIE: I saw an ad for IJL on a flight and was contemplating whether I was interested when someone close to me mentioned it as an option. I thought

I’d try it because it sounded like having friends who could interview people for you so when you went on a date you would know there’s something about the two of you that someone thought would be a good fit.

What would you tell a friend who was interested in IJL but was tentative about making the investment?

What's the most challenging part of working remotely from a dating perspective?

6 in 10 people say not meeting people as often

grEg:

At the end of the day what is your end goal? Then I’d ask, what’s the cost of being happy worth to you? The kinds of people who choose IJL aren’t fooling around. It’s not someone on the Internet just looking to meet a ton of people and date up a storm. It was definitely worth it for me.

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How much time do you set aside for your social life? 05% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45%

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I reserve my weekeNds for socIalIzINg

Best part about dating thru IJL?

grEg: Besides choosing all my matches I would say the scheduling of my dates. They call you and ask what your schedule is like, so you don’t have to worry about it. If I said I was available Wednesday or Thursday this week and Sunday next week they would find a way to fit dating into my schedule. What sort of activities did you enjoy while you were dating?

JENNIE: We love to be outside. I also love going to places I’ve never been before. He loves to drive and take me places – whether that’s going to the beach or going to the mountains or some random lake that’s hidden away. How has your life changed since you met?

grEg: It is totally different than it was. I would say that there was a point in time when I felt a little bit lost. Everything has completely turned around. Every day I wake up, and I enjoy the day. I enjoy being around her, the kids, and our home. Life is just better. It’s Just Lunch has been matching busy singles since 1991. Find out what an It’s Just Lunch matchmaker can do for you by calling 1.800.858.6526 or visiting ItsJustLunch.com.

“The best way to get to know someone is face to face. You can only feel “chemistry” if you are next to someone looking into their eyes.” -Amy Brinkman

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DatE by NumbErs

It depeNds how busy I am wIth work a few NIghts a week a lot

Do you prefer to text or call someone you’re interested in?

vs. call: 60%

text: 40%

How often do you utilize skype in a relationship?

only if we’re apart from each other for a significant amount of time.

32%

64%

never.

4% If we can’t spend a night with each other, you’ll find us on skype!

Source: IJL Singles Survey

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A World of His Own

Searching for our family’s roots across two continents /

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“ALL OF THIS HISTORY,” my 5-year-old sighs, “I am just not sure I believe it.” We are standing atop the walls of a medieval Hungarian castle on a rainy, gray morning, and the picturesque town sprawled around us looks very different from what I assume my son was expecting: fallen Ottoman warriors on open fields, stockpiles of stone walls burned to the ground, and scattered weapons and flags—leftovers from the great, unexpected victory of a small Hungarian army against a vast Turkish force in 1552. We climb steep stairs (new concrete) to the top of watchtowers (ancient rock) and follow our tour guide’s finger as he points to enemy cannon positions on the ground. We stand at the foot of the tomb of the castle’s captain (a replica of the original) and wander past the sarcophagus harboring the bones of those who perished during the battle (assumed real). Sam is fascinated by history, and CONTINUED ON PAGE 56

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I feed him small bits from books and movies and my own recollections. The years are all muddled in his mind. (“A long time ago,” he says as he plays out battle scenes with his toy soldiers, “in the 1980s.”) He imagines battles that never happened, between American Indians and Hungarians, or American Civil War soldiers and his favorite Turkish warriors. We’ve been looking forward to seeing this particular castle for a

while now, ever since he watched a movie about the battle and we read portions of a popular novel that’s mandatory reading for all kids in Hungary. Every Hungarian child is brought here on a school trip at least once. Standing on the castle wall with the rain soaking our jackets, I am relieved to be able to give Sam this gift. We drive back to Budapest later that afternoon, and Sam and I spend the rest of the week

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wandering around my old turf. The thrill I feel showing him around my city is unexpected. We walk down the wide, tree-lined street where I grew up and went to school. I point out the bridges spanning the Danube, and we gaze in awe at the gilded dome of the Parliament. We get caught in a rain shower standing by the Chain Bridge’s lions, and we shuffle onto a stuffed bus heading up to the castle in Buda. We giggle when we finally reach the marble bust of King Matthias. We’ve seen the picture of the sculpture in books many, many times. I had promised Sam that he would get to see it in person, and I don’t think he believed me. But the sculpture is real, right there in front of us. We can almost touch it. After walking the endless halls of the National Gallery, we come to the darkened room where one of Sam’s favorite historical paintings hangs under a spotlight. He’s been studying the painting in books and online, its morbid subject matter (recovering a king’s body from a battlefield swamp) impossible to resist for a little boy. The painting is even bigger than I remember, and Sam discovers new details—the king’s armor remains in the mud and someone forgot a shovel on the ground. That night a thunderstorm rolls through the city, and I lie awake for hours—from jet lag, from the rain beating on the metal windowsill. From history. From wanting to pass it on and yearning for it to be a part of Sam’s bones. From raising him in a country that, even after 20 years, feels foreign to me. I feel disconnected from the past in America, as if everything is replaceable and disposable. I fear I will never get used to this feeling. I feel tied to my city and its past, the connection a constant, dull tug in my rib cage. Where will Sam feel rooted? Where will he find his city and know the stories of buildings and

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castles? Where does history live among strip malls and highways and streets with no sidewalks? My own childhood was wrapped up in the past. I walked to school on streets where World War II battles were fought, where at one time ghetto walls stood, near where my grandfather hid for weeks in an attic and where he and my grandmother married hastily in between bombings. That same grandfather sat next

to me at dinner every night, small and frail and elflike. He was history himself, full of memories, and I was aware that he was passing something on to me, something that might otherwise be lost. I listened to him after every meal out of duty and curiosity. I wanted to know what came before me, what or who explained my nose, my hair, my temper, my love of writing. I remember hearing about a distant aunt who owned

a paper store in prewar Budapest and finding it comforting when my grandfather said that I inherited my love of stationery from her. Now that I live so far away, it is this sense of the past that provides answers to the big questions: Who are you? Where are you from? Who are your people? To Sam, history is just about the exciting battles right now, but someday he will need history to answer his own questions. THE CIVIL WAR encampment in my husband’s Pennsylvania hometown is small this year, just a few groups of tents under a grove of trees. We swat away tiny gnats as we walk from tent to tent and stop to look at the treasures unearthed from battlefields around the country: bullets, combs, diaries, Bibles, pipes, pen tips, badges. I’ve been to one of these camps before. Just like Sam was skeptical about the authenticity of the castle walls in Hungary, I am skeptical about grown men playing dress-up and the true origin of these battlefield finds. At one tent, a reenactor in full Union garb sits on a stool and tells Sam how much he would get paid as a soldier, what type of weapon he would use, and what foods he would eat. Sam is enthralled but too shy to say anything, so his grandmother nudges him. “Go ahead,” she says, “tell him why your name is Sam.” The soldier is an old friend, so he knows about my husband’s ancestor, but he leans down anyway, waiting for Sam’s version of the story. “I am named after my great-great-greatgreat-great-grandfather Samuel, who died in the Civil War,” he whispers, eyes to the ground. The soldier bolts up straight, pulls his weapon close to his body, and stands at attention. He raises his hand to salute my Sam. I am grateful for the sun and my sunglasses, because tears flow without warning or permission.

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Later that weekend we drive through the Gettysburg battlefield and stop at the monument where Sam’s namesake is etched on a plaque amid thousands of others. It’s a tradition in my husband’s family to take a photo here, pointing at the name. My husband describes the battle to Sam while I try to make sense of my earlier emotional reaction. Until now, I never really considered Sam’s connection to his American side. That history does not belong to me, does not form me or give me my identity. It doesn’t move me or inspire me. Not because it isn’t heroic or exciting but because it’s not mine. It was—is—a story, a fairy tale, not something that happened to my people. I knew that we named Sam after an ancestor, but to me it was just a cute boy’s name, not a family tradition. I realize that the tears earlier came from relief. Because even though I might not feel like this country’s past is mine, Sam feels it is his. He comes from both the heroic warriors who defended the castle against the Turks and the brave soldiers who fought at Gettysburg. He is both Old World and New World, both ancient stone and shiny skyline. He can take it all in, and when he is old enough that the questions and answers will matter to him, he’ll have double the past to search for answers. He will find himself on cobblestone streets in Budapest, in wheat fields in Pennsylvania, in castle ruins, and in the remains of a stockade prison baking in the hot Southern sun. He will find his people in Jewish ghettos, in European castles, in small country churches, on farm fields, in modern cities, and sleepy suburbs. History will give Sam roots, but it will not tie him down. Zsofia McMullin lives in Connecticut and writes for The New York Times and Washington Post.

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checked into my hotel. This golden-hued wormwood amaro is so bracingly bitter that it’s known as a rite-ofpassage spirit within Chicago’s drinking culture. For a more refined take on the Malört experience, check out Bësk, produced by local distiller letherbee. The distillery’s Fernet also plays well in cocktails or is perfectly delicious on its own. I defy you to find a more perfect spot for a stretch of day drinking than the patio at 1 parson’s chicken & fish in Logan Square, whose quick-get-me-another Negroni Slushy is the ideal companion to an order of hush puppies and hot chicken. Still thirsty? One of the country’s finest temples to all things amaro can be found at nearby 2 billy sunday sunday. Start with a house-made bottled soda, like the Fernet & Cola; then go deep down the rabbit hole and explore their extensive collection of rare bottles.

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FOR YEARS, tasting the bittersweet, herbal liqueur known as amaro required a pilgrimage to its birthplace in Italy, where it remains a fundamental part of the country’s culinary culture. Now, America has embraced the digestif, thanks to homegrown distilleries and the craft cocktail movement. And while I love amaro-centric bars like barnacle in Seattle and amor y amargo in New York City, Chicago has emerged as my favorite destination for a bitter bender. The last time I was in town, a bartender presented me with a welcome shot of Jeppson’s Malört an hour after I 64 southwest december 2015

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BOOZY KES MILKSHA Move over kids, your reign as milkshake magnates is over. oshi burger, Memphis: Reach for the Kentucky Head Hunter, a bourbon, apple brandy, and vanilla ice cream combo topped with bacon dust. This Japanese-inspired joint also serves sakebased delights, one of which is topped with chocolate Pop Rocks. péché, Austin: It’s hailed for its preProhibition cocktails, but don’t skip the libations blended with house-made vanilla ice cream. The Péché shake features cherry liqueur and a splash of absinthe. bluebird microcreamery and brewery, Seattle: brewery Behold, beer floats with flavors that change seasonally. We’re partial to the habanero pumpkin porter with a scoop of snickerdoodle.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS PLAVIDAL (GLASSES AND MILKSHAKE)

Some of the finest amaro in the U.S. is made by these fellas at Letherbee Distillers.

Take a sip of Cynar from the 1940s or try a flight of Fernet across the decades. Next, stop by the 3 sportsman’s club, located in an old Polish dive bar in Ukrainian Village, to give their amaro machine a spin. This repurposed chilled tap system (like the kind used to serve Jägermeister at college bars) features a daily blend of assorted amari served neat, on the rocks, or topped off with soda. Finally, try scoring an invitation to 4 the office, a subdued drinking den where you can sample rare bottles of amaro kept in a locked liquor cabinet. And if you’re looking to bring back a local bottle in your checked baggage, visit 5 ch distillery to try their award-winning CH Amaro and barrel-aged CH Fernet-Dogma. Brad Thomas Parsons is the author of Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All and Amaro, out next fall. december 2015 southwest 65

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C/CHRISTMAS ALE C “Some years we’ve made big changes, but often we’re just evolving the previous year’s recipe. We vary the spices, and we’ve always kept it a secret. It’s more fun to drink it and think, What am I tasting? In the past we have made some bad—let’s say, not great—decisions. One year we used frankincense. I didn’t like that one. Every year I get at least one email saying, ‘This is the worst Christmas Ale you’ve ever made,’ but I also get one that says, ‘This is the best you’ve ever made.’ One other thing: So many years people say, ‘I taste allspice in there.’ We have never used allspice!”

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D/DEER D ANTLER A guy walks into a bar. “What’s good here?” he asks. The bartender points to The Jing, and the guy pulls $27 from his wallet. The bartender mixes 17-year-old Suntory whisky with Byrrh quinquina, then dabs on a few drops of deer antler extract and tops it with freshly grated deer antler. No joke. Try it for yourself at parliament in Dallas.

NEW YORK CITY’S everyman espresso has reinvented your favorite cocktails and created new ones—without the booze. Recipes shift seasonally to complement the nuances of distinctive coffee beans. The Old Fashioned, for example, accentuates specific espresso notes by using various bitters and citrus garnishes like lemon, grapefruit, and orange. Feeling adventurous? Order the Second Wind, an espresso, simple syrup, and lime combo that’s shaken and then served in a coupe glass.

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anchor brewing brewmaster Mark Carpenter breaks down how the San Francisco brewery charms customers by reinventing its Christmas Ale recipe every year:

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S INFUSION Test this recipe from one of Houston’s best. Bobby Heugel, owner of the pastry war, anvil bar & refuge, julep, and other HTown joints, offers his spin on a winter bourbon and a warm toddy to savor it with. (Don’t have five days? Try Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka for another spin on infused spirits.)

GIN & TONIC

DAVE ARNOLD, owner of New York City’s booker and dax and the James Beard Award–winning author of Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail, offers tips on optimizing a timeless classic. His secret? Chemistry. Tonic water is denser than gin, so the order of operations is critical, Dave says. Ingredients must mix thoroughly without any bubble-liberating activities like stirring. Got it? Let’s begin. STORE YOUR GIN in the freezer (Dave recommends Tanqueray; we like Dripping Springs) along with glassware, and chill a bottle of fresh tonic water in ice water. Quarter a lime. Use a jigger to add 1¾ ounces of gin to a frosty glass. Tilt the glass 45 degrees and slowly add 3¼ ounces of tonic. As you pour, gradually raise the glass to vertical. Add freezer-cold ice (not tempered), but don’t chunk it like a Neanderthal—gently slide it in using a barspoon. Ease a lime quarter into the glass, leaving the bubbles undisturbed. Final step: bottoms up.

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Visit Booker and Dax for the bar’s G&T twist, served up in a champagne flute, with clarified lime juice.

Winter Bourbon 1 liter bourbon 2 six-inch cinnamon sticks 36 allspice berries ¼ whole nutmeg, freshly ground 4 whole cloves In a jar, combine all ingredients. Let sit in a cool, dry place for five days, and then strain through fine mesh. Hot Toddy 2 ounces winter bourbon (above) ¾ ounce honey 4 dashes Angostura bitters 5 ounces hot water Stir all ingredients in a handled glass. Garnish with an orange peel and cinnamon stick.

A decade ago, this Portland, Oregon–based pizzeria decided to create soda pairings to complement their pies. They refurbished a 1960s bottling machine and got to work, using fresh produce like organic Hawaiian ginger, California lemons, and Oregon-grown marionberries. An army of devoted fans soon followed. Last summer, hotlips joined with three Pacific Northwest breweries to produce limited-edition radlers, a trendy soda-beer hybrid. Expect more collaborations in the coming year. december 2015 southwest 67

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WE ASKED THE brilliant minds behind Dallas’ bolsa to reboot this old-school standby and give it a fresh twist. Try it at home and tell us how it turned out by tweeting @South westTheMag. 1. Fill large silicone ice-cube trays ⅔ full with Coca-Cola; freeze. Add a frozen cube to an Old Fashioned glass. 2. Pour 1½ or 2 ounces of your favorite whiskey (Jack Daniel’s or Bolsa’s pick, Woodford Reserve) over the cube.

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K/KRIEK K This Belgian-style brew is finally garnering some much-deserved attention in the U.S. Made by fermenting tart cherries with lambic varietals of beer, it’s worthy of a sojourn. Hop the ferry to Nantucket Island in Massachusetts for a taste of cisco brewers’ Monomoy Kriek. Or pull up a barstool at cascade brewing barrel house in Portland, Oregon, for its offering, aged in oak wine barrels. Once you’re converted, make room in your suitcase for one of Cascade’s aged krieks—a 750-milliliter 2008 bottle goes for $60.

It wasn’t so long ago that Mexico City was merely an afterthought in high-end cocktail circles. The food, sure—worldclass. The drinks? Not so much. The libations finally caught up to their culinary counterparts when licorería limantour opened in 2011. In only four years it’s become a globally renowned destination, landing at No. 20 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list. The menu—inspired by the bar’s adage, “the new old days”—is divided into seasonals, classics, and limantour, their best-selling tour contemporary drinks.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DESIREE ESPADA (JACK & COKE) AND COURTESY OF LICORERIA LIMANTOUR

3. Add 1 ounce Coke to a cocktail shaker along with 1 teaspoon of methyl cellulose, used by chefs and bartenders to make foams (available online). Vigorously stir, and then add another splash of soda. Once the foam stabilizes, scoop it over the drink.

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SE MUMEBLRERLLO A CO. THE UMBRELLA, a little-known symbol for the post-Prohibition era (proclaiming the many wet days to come), figures prominently into the design of this handsome Los Angeles bar on Melrose Avenue. Alongside exposed Douglas fir beams, rich leather booths, and a 1920s wooden apothecary cabinet—nearly every piece of decor is rooted in history—13 actual umbrellas hang on PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVE LAURIDSEN

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Order an Old Fashioned sampler and mix ’em right at your table.

the wall to symbolize the 13 dry years of Prohibition. Here, you won’t be tempted to wax nostalgic about those bygone days. Whereas most bars have just one Old Fashioned—how quaint!—melrose umbrella co. features six. We’re partial to the White Old Fashioned, with mezcal, crème de cacao, and yellow Chartreuse. For purists there’s a version with bourbon as well. december 2015 southwest 69

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WE HAD 19 MINUTES until Margaret walked down the aisle, which meant we had time for a beer. But if we craned our necks out the front door of nye’s we could see the church steeple just up the hill, peering over Minneapolis—meaning we actually had time for two. The bartender looked at us. “Wedding or funeral?” he asked. Tim, Mike, and I, dressed in our best suits, responded in unison: “Wedding.” The bartender grabbed three glasses off the decades-old back bar, its edges rounded and faded by thousands upon thousands of passes. He pulled us pints of Grain Belt, a beer that does the trick

when you have to drink two in 19 minutes but not much more. Sean and Sal joined us with 11 minutes to go—enough time for one pint. The five of us toasted to John and Margaret and scooted the 285 feet up the hill. During the homily, the priest told the guests about the groom’s valiant but unsuccessful fight against an encroaching apartment tower that would soon eclipse the church, Our Lady of Lourdes. That same tower will force the teardown of Nye’s early next year, after 65 years of pints and polka. So, wedding or funeral? Turns out it was both. —B.P.

Housed in a repurposed pump station whose character is anything but dark and mechanic, this St. Louis wine bar offers one of the best lists of varietals in the Midwest, plus a drink that most other bars neglect: anise-flavored liqueurs. Before seeking a recommendation from the sommelier, ask for a sip of Lebanese arak. And if hunger strikes, fill up with an eggplant caponata or Turkish lahmacun from the Mediterranean-flecked menu.

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E PINECON “It doesn’t really do anything for the flavor,” Jordan Krema says. “But it’s cool and makes you feel like you’re around a campfire.” I’m sitting in press & pony in Boise, Idaho, which itself sits in the back of a french fry restaurant, and Jordan is about to blowtorch a pinecone. (Appropriately, a pine tree tattoo fills his entire left forearm.) The pinecone flickers and crackles on the bar, and after it smolders he slides it next to my drink, a mezcal, gin, and apricot concoction known as the Local Foraged. Jordan actually sold the pinecone short: The mezcal’s natural smokiness mingles with the smoldering scent, creating a one-two punch that enhances the flavor and shoots me back in time to gooey marshmallows and starry nights spent in a sleeping bag. —B.P.

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FUN TO SAY, even more fun to drink, this fortified wine has a spellbinding history. A literal tonic, it was created in the early 19th century as a way to make quinine— and its malaria-fighting properties—more palatable, and it’s now making a comeback thanks to its bitter yet mildly sweet flavor profile. Its most famous brand is probably Lillet Blanc, used in James Bond’s gin-andvodka Vesper cocktail from the 1953 novel Casino Royale, but bartenders nowadays tend to reach for Tempus Fugit’s Kina L’Aéro d’Or. Not a vodka fan? Skip the Vesper and order the Enlightener, a gin, Kina, and chartreuse delight at gather in Berkeley, California.

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Trek not to Yamagata, Japan, but to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and you’ll discover Natali Nakaji Jackson crafting spirits the old-fashioned way. You’ll find her hand-washing, soaking, and steaming 600 pounds of rice over five days, and then fermenting it with water, yeast, and koji, a rice mold, for another two months. Natali is the head brewer for ben’s tune up in Asheville, North Carolina, a (deep breath) beer garden, restaurant, market, butchery, and sake brewery. It’s one of only a dozen or so sake microbreweries in the U.S. They churn out standard varieties like the milky, unfiltered nigori and the house brew, nama genshu, but also experiment with fruitier distillations such as pineapple jalapeño and lemon ginger. “We’re doing a lot of experimenting and creating flavor combinations not seen in the past,” Natali says. All that, and you don’t even have to head to Japan.

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THE MOMENT you step into Indianapolis’ red key tavern, you are on the right path—an actual footpath worn into the light brown tile by the steps of countless patrons that have come and gone since 1933. It runs from the door, past the pushbutton jukebox stocked with 45s of Sinatra, Crosby, and the Andrews Sisters, and along the shag-lined bar where, for almost six decades, owner Russell Settle served vodka tonics or Pabsts in the same short highball glasses and enforced the rules of his house. No cursing. No standing at the bar. No putting your feet up or leaning back in your chair. Hats and coats were to be hung on the rack further up the path, near its terminus at the men’s room in the back. Violators were sent packing back down the trace to the front door. There were no appeals. Russell’s own road ended in 2010, at the age of 92. But the trail he blazed is still plain. The World War II pilot’s dusty model bombers still hang from water-stained ceiling tiles; the handpainted murals of pastoral scenes are still obscured by eons of burger grease and smoke. The old man still looks on from a framed photo hanging on the back wall, while his son, Jim, tends bar and tries to uphold order. Today, there’s a sense that the rules have eased—when the football game is on the new flatscreen above the cooler, you can linger by the bar and even get away with blurting out a well-placed expletive. But it’s best not to stray too far from the path. That way, at last call, when you’ve emptied your highball and paid your handwritten tab—cash only—it’ll be easy to find your way home. —Tony Rehagen

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IN 1926, Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt left his small Texas town and took to the seas. He traveled across the Caribbean and the South Pacific and washed up on the California coast, where in 1933 he distilled the tastes and mystique of his travels into an alias, Don the Beachcomber, and a bar of the same name. Tiki was born. Forty years later, it disappeared after a market invasion of sugary premixes, but today the tiki revival is in full swing thanks to funky new bars like three dots and a dash, in Chicago, and adrift, adrift in Denver. At San Antonio’s the brooklynite, owner Jeret Peña’s Tiki Tuesday nights embrace the philosophy of Don the Beachcomber. “With cocktail bars, there tends to be more pretense,” he says. “This is meant to be much more fun.” The Brooklynite in San Antonio sets the cocktail world afire on Tiki Tuesdays.

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central provisions, Portland, Maine: All plays on regular cocktails, this smallplates restaurant’s “Temperance” drinks set the bar. The Pain (free) Killer features orange and pineapple juices, coconut cream, bitters, and nutmeg.

king + duke, Atlanta: At this literarythemed restaurant, indulge in a Truer Than True, whose main ingredient, Bonny Doon Verjus de Cigare, is made from grenache blanc and mourvèdre grapes. zest kitchen & bar, Salt Lake City: Savor the strawberry lavender lemonade, made with muddled strawberries and agave and topped with lemon-lime soda.

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If you’re familiar with Waterbury, Vermont, it’s probably because the small (read: 5,000 people) town is home to the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory. However, beer nerds know it as a mecca for many of the nation’s finest brews. Due to its limited distribution, the alchemist brewery’s Heady Topper double IPA is one of the country’s most sought-after bottles. (Lucky Peach magazine once claimed that the U.S. Postal Service is its largest distributor thanks to black-market sales.) Discover plenty of other award-winning rarities at local watering holes like prohibition pig and blackback pub.

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YOGURT Suspend your skepticism for a beat: If you’re willing to brave egg whites plopped into a Ramos gin fizz or a pisco sour, it’s well worth a swig. At pouring ribbons in New York City, bartenders whip up A Night in the Wigwam, mixing earl grey– smoked yogurt with pisco, orange cordial, gin, and lemon curd.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS PLAVIDAL (VIRGIN COCKTAIL) AND AMANDA RINGSTAD (ZIG ZAG)

THE CRAFT COCKTAIL MOVEMENT has also been a boon for innovative “mocktails.” Here are some of our favorite spots to abstain and indulge all at once.

OK, fine, we cheated. But you’ll forgive us for introducing your palate to this lightly carbonated dry white wine that hails from the Spanish Basque country. If you can wait ’til summer, txakoli is a perfect sipper on a scorching day. Try piperade in San Francisco or txokos in Orlando—both Basque restaurants— for a tipple or three.

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THE SEARCH for Seattle’s zig zag café is a treasure hunt of sorts. After your requisite stop at Pike Place Market, head down the stairs of the Pike Street Hillclimb toward Elliott Bay, the route used by generations of farmers to carry their produce to market. Traverse a skywalk, descend another set of stairs, and there on the right is a cubbyhole tucked into the hillside. The journey is half the fun, but you’ll probably want a drink too.

Zig Zag is to thank for reintroducing the world to the Last Word, an early-20th-century libation lost to the sands of the cocktail desert. In 2003 bartender Murray Stenson dug up the recipe in a 1951 cocktail book called Bottoms Up, and soon the glowing gin-chartreuse drink exploded. You can probably find it at your local pub, but there’s something poetic about enjoying the treasure at the source. december 2015 southwest 75

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performed miracles by giving deaf children the ability to hear.

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Now she’s trying to help an entire generation of kids by convincing parents to:

Then she realized it wasn’t enough.

TUNE IN

TALK MORE

“Did you know bananas have lots of vitamins?”

“Whatcha lookin’ at, bud?”

“Oh, you see the banana!”

TAKE TURNS

“What other fruits do you like?”

“Put that down!”

“And monkeys also love bananas!”

And the difference between struggling and thriving?

“Uh-huh. Can you tell me what color that apple is?”

Because every word builds your child’s brain.

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gives piggyback rides into her operating room. “Except when the patients are bigger than I am,” she says with a laugh. “But they usually aren’t.” Suskind, who is 47 and stands 5-foot-1, grants the gift of sound to children as young as a year old—kids who were born deaf, experienced traumatic hearing loss, or for any other reason do not have the ability to hear. In 2006 she founded the pediatric cochlear implant program at Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago. She has since operated on more than 100 children, surgically inserting into the damaged ear an electronic device about the size of a quarter that stimulates the auditory nerve. The procedure ushers in a world of noises, experiences, and pursuits that would otherwise be reserved for their hearing peers. “We call the moment the cochlear device is activated the ‘hearing birthday,’” Suskind says. “It’s very emotional. We give them a little balloon and a present because it really is a monumental moment.” If you’ve seen YouTube videos of toddlers hearing their parents’ voices for the first time, you know it’s nothing short of transcendent. “The surgery is wonderful—it’s delicate, it’s beautiful,” Suskind says. “But when they start to hear is when the excitement really begins.” The world as they’ve known it their entire lives is altered in an instant. During follow-up appointments, however, Suskind began to notice disturbing discrepancies in her patients’ progress. Some children took almost immediately to language, speaking and reading as well as their peers who were born hearing, while others lagged behind. Two of her first patients, Zach and Michelle, were both diagnosed deaf at birth and received cochlear implants around their first birthdays. “Same potential, same surgery,” Suskind says, “but very different outcomes. “Zach took off like a racehorse out of the gate,”

she says. He immediately soaked up sounds and words. By third grade, he was mainstreamed into a public school classroom and scored at grade level in reading and math. Michelle, on the other hand, was only reading at a kindergarten level in third grade and used very little spoken or sign language. Her hearing was evaluated and deemed normal, but she struggled to grasp the meaning of most words and appeared unable to learn them, even with extra help from teachers and speech therapists. To diagnose the problem, Suskind knew she needed to better understand her patients’ worlds. She toured hearing impaired classrooms in the Chicago area and discovered that Zach and Michelle’s disparate narratives weren’t all that unusual. Some kids who received cochlear implants struggled to speak and read at grade level, even as others soared. She felt compelled to understand why. “It is without a doubt the greatest of privileges to give my young patients the ability to hear,” Suskind says. “But I realized that taking the Hippocratic Oath meant that my obligation didn’t end when I finished the operation; it ended when my patient was well.” A surgeon trying to solve a social problem is a bit like planning a trip to the moon, Suskind admits, because it means leaving the familiar confines of the operating room. Fortunately, her operating room sits on the campus of a storied university. She signed up for Introduction to Child Language

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becomes the foundation for thinking and learning. And while our brains continue to develop throughout our lives, the growth is never as rapid as it is between birth and age 3. So just as a baby who is deprived of adequate food for the first three years will never grow to his or her full potential height, a baby whose brain is deprived of adequate language will never reach his or her full intellectual potential. Suskind was struck that Michelle, one of her first patients, exemplified these findings. Born into poverty, Michelle lived with a kind, loving mother, but her language environment at home was austere, and the effect on Michelle was crippling. Suskind observed Michelle during a visit to the girl’s third-grade classroom, about eight years after “curing” her by implanting the cochlear device. Her teacher communicated

prohibitions (“Don’t touch that!”), fewer affirmations (“Nice job!”), and fewer back-and-forth conversations. Hart and Risley linked this word gap to vocabulary development, test scores at third grade, and IQ. Why do those early years matter so much? Because 80 to 85 percent of the physical brain develops in the first three years of life. A brain surrounded by frequent, positive language forms an abundance of positive neuron connections, building a strong architecture that

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primarily through sign language, and the children sat silently. The sparkle had faded from Michelle’s eyes. “When I looked at her lovely face, it was hard to say whether I was seeing the tragedy of deafness or the tragedy of poverty,” Suskind writes in her recently published book, Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain—Tune in, Talk More, Take Turns. “Without question, however, I knew that I was seeing the tragedy of wasted potential.”

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the interventions begin. The feedback is shared with parents, who are coached on how to improve their use of the “Three T’s”: Tune in. Talk more. Take turns. “Tune in” urges parents to pay attention to a child’s coos and squeals and to treat them as the beginning of a conversation. “Talk more” involves surrounding kids with a wide variety of words. “Take turns” reminds parents to stick around for what their child has to say, even if he or she is pre-verbal and mostly babbles. Claudia Herrera, a mother of three, stumbled upon Thirty Million Words at a Mother’s Day breakfast at her church on Chicago’s South Side. Her youngest son was 15 months old (her other children are 7 and 15). “There are so many people like me,” she says. “We take really good care of our kids, but we don’t know the importance of talking to them and how much that helps. Before the program, I would say, ‘Do this. Do that.’ Now I talk to my son all the time. We go grocery shopping and I make sure when he points at something, I say what he is seeing. ‘Oh, are you pointing to that apple?’ I explain to him that I am putting on his shoes.” Transforming typical daily activities into learning opportunities is precisely what Thirty Million Words teaches, ensuring that overloaded parents can participate without the burden of an added task. “My husband says our youngest son is the smartest,” Herrera says with a hint of amusement. Suskind’s group is also piloting videos, in both English and Spanish, for parents to watch in the hospital soon after giving birth. While their newborn’s hearing gets tested, they’ll view a 10-minute video explaining how to capitalize on the connection between hearing and brain development. They’ve even developed a wellbaby curriculum to be taught at

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pediatricians’ offices during 1-, 2-, 4-, and 6-month checkups. If Thirty Million Words has its way, parents will be reminded repeatedly that babies aren’t born smart; they’re made smart by parents interacting with them.

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t shows you how smart the brain really is because, in absolute evolutionary brilliance, it harnesses a plentiful, natural resource as the key catalyst for its own development,” Suskind writes in her book, which received glowing reviews from T. Berry Brazelton, clinical professor of pediatrics emeritus at Harvard Medical School, and James Heckman, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. But not everyone is a believer. “Focusing on the ‘word gap’ as an explanation for the achievement gap between poor students and wealthier students is both distracting and potentially harmful,” Molly McManus, a Ph.D. candidate in educational psychology at the University of Texas, wrote in the New Republic. Teachers are primed, she argues, to view poor children as so far behind they’re past the point of helping. Others believe it forces a middle- to upper-class value system on populations who have every right to their own brand of parenting. Yet Suskind is unfazed. “We’re responding to an almost universal desire of parents to have children who reach their full potential,” she says. “When that environment doesn’t exist at home, schools, no matter how good they are, are remedial—trying to solve problems that need not exist in the first place.” It’s an imperative message for all families, particularly in an era when digital enticements compete for parents’ attention. One needn’t look further than the nearest playground to see parents

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ignoring their tiny charges in favor of a hand-held device. Economist and author John List is optimistic that Suskind’s work will be a game changer. “In medicine we have randomized trials, and we test the efficiency and efficacy of drugs, but we didn’t— until now—have science to tell us what exactly we should be doing with our kids to give them the best chance at success,” he says. “Some people say, ‘Well, that’s

because medicine is life or death and education isn’t.’ But if you walk around the halls of a Chicago Public School, you see that when things don’t work out and kids drop out, that is life or death.” The word gap has captured the attention of academics, politicians, and foundations alike. The White House built its Early Learning Initiative around it, and President Obama has called closing the word gap one of his top priorities.

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It’s also a centerpiece of the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail program, aimed at improving the well-being of kids from birth to age 5. List points to this pairing of public and private entities as evidence of a cultural sea change. Altering attitudes about smoking and seat belts required similarly monumental partnerships, he says. Only when the government and manufacturers teamed up did

it become second nature to buckle up when you hop in a car. “You can make small, incremental changes at the individual level, but for broad progress you need a general movement that changes the way the next generation thinks,” he says. “It’s science like Dana’s that will get us to that point. There isn’t one study of cigarettes that you can point to that changed everything. It was a general scientific consensus that arose because

of overwhelming evidence about the risks of tobacco.”

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uskind’s work is also deeply personal. In 2012 her husband, Donald Liu, died while rescuing two 12-year-old boys from drowning in Lake Michigan. Liu, 50, was the internationally recognized surgeon-in-chief at Comer Children’s Hospital. Patients traveled from across the nation to see him. “This is a man that would wake up at 2 in the morning, be in the operating room in 10 or 15 minutes, literally save a child’s life who was bleeding to death from trauma—a car accident, gunshot wound, a beating—then he would go home and go back to sleep,” his colleague John Alverdy told a reporter shortly after Liu’s death. “An hour later he would wake up, come to the OR, operate for five hours, maybe grab some lunch, go to another hospital, and save another life—all in a day’s work.” Liu’s death was an inconceivable tragedy for his family—Suskind and their three children, who were 13, 10, and 7 at the time. “He was Dana’s biggest fan,” says Beth Suskind. “He believed so strongly in her work.” In the epilogue of her book, Suskind points to her husband’s legacy as inspiration: “A child needed help; the child got help. It was not simply a maxim; it was his way of life. He would never have considered standing on the shoreline while two children struggled, even if he knew taking action would cost him his life.” Across the country, she writes, too many children still struggle silently, with no one to fight like mad to ensure they reach their potential. “They are floundering. We cannot stand on the shoreline.” Heidi Stevens is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Find her work at chicagotribune.com/balancingact.

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There’s more to America’s fourth-largest city than big oil, big buildings, and “Houston, we have a problem” references. Thanks to nationally renowned museums, a thriving culinary scene, and abundant green space, H-Town is squashing stereotypes in a Texas-size way. To help you plan your trip, tell us more about you.

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Uncover quirky and classic finds ART CAR MUSEUM If you can’t make it for the annual Art Car Parade on April 9, steer yourself toward this temple of fourwheeled folk art, aka the Garage Mahal.

INVERSION COFFEE Sip a gourmet latte while admiring this light-filled shop’s rotating display of local artwork.

elevated art Alexander Calder’s “The Y” hangs in perfect balance at the Menil Collection.

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The problem with Houston’s 19-institution Museum District is choosing where to begin. Our pick: The esteemed yet tucked-away Menil Collection. Set on a residential cul-de-sac, this sunbathed gallery features pieces from prehistoric times to the present day, including MicroCosmos, an exhibit of Paleo-Eskimo artifacts from Old Bering Sea cultures on view through February 21. Continue on to the Houston Center for Photography, where more than 300 classes are taught year-round, and then scope out the interfaith Rothko Chapel, where a hushed, octagonal reflection space allows for contemplation.

Noteworthy venues for live music Last Concert Cafe Come for the TexMex and stay for the funky local bands that rock this hidden Warehouse District jewel seven days a week. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Located in The Woodlands, this outdoor amphitheater —one of the world’s most visited—accommodates up to 16,500. Houston Rodeo (March 1–20) For country fans, there’s no hotter ticket: Last year’s lineup included Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, and Tim McGraw.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DON GLENTZER/MENIL COLLECTION, COURTESY OF ART CAR MUSEUM, AND VISIT HOUSTON (MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON)

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON It takes seven facilities to house nearly 65,000 pieces, spanning from antiquity to the present.

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Houston HISTORY BUFFS suit up View one of the most comprehensive collections of space suits in the world.

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BISHOP’S PAL ACE Book the monthly basement-to-attic tour for exclusive access to this 1892 mansion, located in Galveston.

BAT TLESHIP TEX AS Descend 20 feet underwater to discover this famed vessel’s engine room and tight living quarters.

L A CAR AFE Give your eyes a second to adjust as you enter this candlelit, cash-only bar, set inside the oldest commercial building in town (circa 1860).

Drop your bags at these storied downtown stays

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The key to a successful mission at Space Center Houston: Arrive early. Between glimpsing NASA’s historic mission control and the massive Saturn V rocket, and feeling the force of 7 million pounds of thrust in the Blast-Off Theater, exploring the city’s role in space history could take some time. Wonder what life is like onboard the International Space Station? The hands-on Living in Space module illustrates the complexities of everyday tasks in zero-gravity conditions and lets you test your skills at virtually landing a shuttle and retrieving a satellite. Hotel ICON Built in 1911, this 12-story bank turned hotel offers 135 rooms and a shuttle to check out city center sights. Magnolia Hotel Freebies at this stylish 1926 high-rise include an evening beer and wine reception and bedtime cookies. The Lancaster Hotel Next door to the Theater District, this 93-room charmer opened in 1926 and is Houston’s oldest continually operating hotel.

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Houston FOODIES hog heaven Try Provisions’ ham o’ day with mustard and rye aioli.

Niko Niko’s This Greek joint’s nofrills flagship has been doling out gyros and souvlaki in Montrose since 1977. Polonia Stuffed cabbage, pierogi, and oversize potato pancakes are the name of the game at this dispensary of hearty Polish fare. Huynh Restaurant Don’t miss the No. 99 (rice noodle rolls filled with Vietnamese ham) at this underthe-radar, family-run spot in EaDo.

Choose Your Eating Adventure One kitchen, two distinct menus, and a pair of acclaimed chefs have made The Pass & Provisions one of the city’s hottest reservations. Want elegance? Settle in at a white-clothed table at The Pass, where chefs Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan preside over a constantly evolving prix fixe roster of omnivore and vegetarian meals, either five or eight courses in duration. Craving something more casual? At Provisions, on the other side of the kitchen, the chefs pair rustic dishes like pizza and pasta with a more relaxed ambiance, including walls covered by basketball flooring from a church gym. MEAL PLANNER

Taste your way around H-Town BREAKFAST Wake up with brisket and eggs from Dish Society. The house favorite at this farmto-table diner comes with smoked Gouda grits and a buttermilk biscuit.

LUNCH Fielding’s Wood Grill in The Woodlands sources its beef and milk locally and prepares its sauces, breads, and ice creams in-house.

DINNER As the hams hanging in the window of Underbelly’s curing room suggest, James Beard Award–winner Chris Shepherd prepares a decidedly pork-heavy menu.

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Houston OUTDOOR ADVENTURERS Take some of Houston’s many trails at your own pace

Buffalo Bayou Park Paved paths on both sides of the winding waterway beckon to bikers at this 160-acre park. Galveston Island State Park Hit the hiking trails, which offer boardwalks over dunes and marshes, plus up-close wildlife views. Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Start in the Discovery Room to learn about the native flora and fauna you’ll encounter on 5 miles of winding trails.

branch out The Marvin Taylor Trail offers a shady stretch for runners and walkers alike.

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DISCOVERY GREEN Set in the shadows of skyscrapers, this grassy 12-acre expanse attracts working professionals and families alike.

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With mild winter temps and more park acreage than any of the other 10 most populous U.S. cities, Houston is begging you to come outside and play. Oak-filled Hermann Park, sandwiched between the Museum District and Texas Medical Center, packs plenty to see and do: Paddleboat on McGovern Lake, ride the antique mini train, or relax in the Japanese Garden. Want more? The 445-acre spread is home to 3 miles of trails, 18 holes of golf, some 6,000 animals (at the Houston Zoo), and countless picnic spots beneath an equine-mounted Sam Houston.

MARKET SQUARE PARK The Historic District’s hub may be small, but it’s not to be missed. Take in a live show, public art displays, and darn good eats.

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As another year comes to a close, the time is ripe to make health-related resolutions. Eat healthier and get in better shape, you tell yourself. Fewer fatty foods and more time in the gym.

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Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men ages 15 to 35. Although there is nothing to prevent testicular cancer, there is a high cure rate if it’s caught early, says Dr. Ajay Nangia, a Urology Care Foundation council member and professor of urology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. “Signs of testicular cancer can include a painless bump or discomfort in the testicular area,” Nangia says.

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Don’t sit on the sidelines, talk to your doctor about whether prostate cancer screening is right for you, and stay in the game for life. Visit KnowYourStats.org for more information.

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When someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, you want to do everything possible to help. The challenge is knowing the right thing to say or do, says Rachelle Goerke, RN, BSN, OCN, and director of cancer navigation for the Sarah Cannon cancer programs offered at HealthONE Hospitals located across the Denver metro area. Goerke offers a few helpful tips to support someone with cancer effectively. 1. LISTEN. A cancer diagnosis can elicit a slew of emotions, and patients need to be able to share those feelings, thoughts, and fears with people they trust in a judgment-free zone. 2. SERVE as their cancer companion. Whether they’re going to a doctor’s visit, a radiology appointment, chemotherapy, or a surgical procedure, the stress can be intensified when patients must confront these challenges on their own. Offer to take them to medical appointments and keep them company for the duration of the visit. 3. PROVIDE practical assistance. The need for shopping, housework, bill-paying, and errandrunning doesn’t go away when cancer enters the picture. But patients often don’t want to bother loved ones for help with nonmedical tasks. Don’t wait to be asked; take the initiative. Providing home-cooked meals that abide by dietary restrictions, spending an afternoon doing laundry or cleaning, or taking a shift on a carpool list can offer a much-needed respite. 4. SHIFT the focus away from cancer. It’s important for patients to know there’s a world outside of the disease. Talk about topics that are unrelated to cancer, encourage them to participate in activities they used to enjoy, and make plans for what you will do together when they are feeling better. To learn more about cancer support, visit fightingcancertogether.com.

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Sugar-white sands and crystal-clear waters abound in these parts, but don’t overlook the area’s other noteworthy elements: We’re talking piney forests, picturesque state parks, and rich culture sprinkled throughout.

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It’s easy to see why the roasted black grouper is one of the specialties at WaterColor Inn & Resort’s Fish Out of Water. This local catch comes with leek fondue, cauliflower puree, lobster tempura, and shrimp broth. Find its perfect pairing on the wine list. Stunning Gulf of Mexico vistas come standard.

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The newly renovated WaterColor Inn & Resort offers gulf views and Adirondack patio chairs just outside each of its 60 rooms. Rent a pontoon boat or YOLO Board for use on the inn’s private beach, then take advantage of a nightly bonfire service, during which a staff member prepares your beachside blaze, sets up chairs, and provides s’mores fixin’s.

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South Walton’s diverse landscape and extensive network of trails—close to 200 miles worth— beg to be explored. At Boathouse Paddle Club, sign up for a RUN/ SUP class, which combines standup paddleboarding exercises and a 2-mile run. Want to commemorate your time at the beach? At the Shard Shop in Grayton Beach, Mary Hong and her staff teach visitors of all ages how to turn crushed hand-dyed glass into beautiful mosaics. If you’re not able to make it for a class, stop in on a Saturday during an open studio time to create a masterpiece on your own.

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THE CLASSIC CHARACTER Bring out your inner kid with this big bag of fun. With a retractable handle and four wheels that spin 360 degrees upright, this case makes for an effortless addition to your Disney Parks vacation. Cross straps and secure locks ensure that all your essentials—from ponchos and cameras to autograph books and Mouse ears—stay protected.

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MoonFish revamped its menu in August, but the Orlando joint has stayed true to its mission of serving globally influenced fare made with predominantly locally sourced ingredients. Sample the sushi and be sure to skim the list of award-winning wines. This stylish restaurant also features art by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, a Barrel Room (adorned with a barrel-shaped oak ceiling), and a 450-gallon saltwater tank with rabbitfish, clownfish, butterfly fish, tangs, and more. It’s stone crab season, which means the crabbers at Frenchy’s Stone Crab Company are out in the Gulf, harvesting the highest quality crustaceans in the Tampa area. All season long (mid-October to midMay), Frenchy’s state-of-the-art crab claw processing plant provides fresh stone crabs to area restaurants, including each of its four Frenchy’s restaurants in Clearwater Beach. Still craving a claw after your trip? Frenchy’s can ship the shellfish overnight to your front door.

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Choose from 15 Old Florida–style rooms at The Addison on Amelia Island. The romantic Fernandina Beach getaway features free breakfast and a daily happy hour with owners Bob and Shannon Tidball, who are known for sharing their local travel recommendations. You can explore the island to your heart’s content with complimentary bicycles and beach gear.

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Upscale amenities abound at The Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood. This Atlantic-facing high-rise has an elevated 120-foot infinity pool that overflows into a 240-foot lagoon pool below. Need a break from lounging in a casita? Shuttle over to the spa, where cleansing facials, soothing massages, and a halotherapy salt steam room await.

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Broker must accompany client during client’s initial visit to this community. Both the client and Broker must execute the Developer’s Registration Form on the initial visit. Broker must also execute the Developer’s Broker Participation Agreement. Valencia Lakes is being developed and sold by Hillsborough County Associates II, LLLP. The complete offering terms are in an offering plan available from Sponsor. File No. H11-0010. Promotions, prices, terms and features are subject to change without notice and do not include optional features or premium for upgraded homesites. Valencia is designed for residents aged 55 & older and is intended to meet the exemption under the Federal Fair Housing Act. ©2015 4300-285 10-22-15

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SPOTLIGHT

MUNCH TIME

RITZ Crackers add crispness to your winter snack repertoire.

What Do You Put on Your Ritz?

Submit your answer this holiday season and you could win a prize from Southwest and Ritz Crackers. ’Tis the season for friends, family, and bold flavors. This holiday, Southwest Airlines and RITZ Crackers are teaming up to ask the question (and to reward you for answering): What do you put on your RITZ? One of the best things about the holidays is traveling to visit friends and family and celebrate over long-time family-favorite recipes we all love. In Dallas—the home of Southwest

Airlines—we like things big and bold, including our food! Which is why we serve our RITZ Crackers with the Crybaby Cheese Ball. This isn’t just any cheese ball; it’s sweet at the outset, followed by a Texas-size kick that’ll knock your boots off. By combining pecans, onions, crushed pineapple, green peppers, and a “sweet-n-sassy” jalapeño mixture called Crybabies with cream cheese, you create an extraordinary appetizer that will warm up your party guests as soon as they walk in the door. For additional RITZ recipes, visit snackworks.com. Next time you hit the grocery store, pick up some Snowflake RITZ Crackers and check out the Southwest sweepstakes information on the box for the chance to win $5,000 in Southwest gift cards. You can also enter to win by sharing a favorite recipe and your dream travel destination on Twitter or Instagram with #luvritzsweepstakes. Southwest and RITZ wish you a joyful holiday season filled with happy celebrations and great food. —Michelle Miller

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FLIGHT SERVICE

Please abide by public announcements from Flight Attendants concerning electronic devices. En todos los casos, por favor rígete por los anuncios públicos y las solicitudes de los Sobrecargos con respecto a todos los aparatos electrónicos.

Inflight Entertainment

Flight Service

Permitted Pueden usarse dentro del avión

Permitted

Wifi

Always Permitted

Never Permitted

Small portable electronic devices Siempre puedes usar dispositivos Inflight Entertainmentelectrónicos portátiles y pequeños (PEDs) such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones weighing less than (PEDs) tales como tabletas, lectores 2 pounds may be used in AIRPLANE electrónicos y teléfonos inteligentes mode at all times on domestic flights, que pesen menos de 2 libras en unless a Crew Member indicates modo AVIÓN en los vuelos domésotherwise. A small PED may be ticos, excepto si un Miembro de la Permitted Wifi Entertainment Flight Service held inInflight hand, attached to a person, Tripulación indique lo contrario. Inflight Entertainment Flight Service or placed in clothing or a seatback Puedes sujetar un PED pequeño pocket. Devices and accessories en la mano, llevarlo encimo, enla may not block access to the aisle. ropa o en un bolsillo en el respalLarge PEDs such as laptops weighing do delasiento. Los dispositivos y Permitted Always Permittedel Wifi must be stowed 2 pounds or more accesorios nopueden bloquear under theWifiseat or in an overhead acceso en el pasillo.Smart Los PEDs granMoviesbin Phones Permitted Always Permitted for taxi, takeoff, and landing. It is des como computadorasportátiles recommended that laptops be placed in a case when stowed under the seat. On international flights, Movies Smart Phones Pacemakers all PEDs must be turned off during taxi, takeoff, and landing at airports Tablets or Smartphones Tablets or E-readers Messaging Movies Smart Phones Pacemakers outside the U.S. and its territories. E-readers (in (in AIRPLANE Please use headphones for all audio AIRPLANE mode) mode) and video. Tabletas o lectoTeléfonos Messaging Tablets or E-readers Hearing Aids res electrónicos inteligentes (en modo AVIÓN) (en modo AVIÓN)Flight Inflight Entertainment Service

Movies

Messaging

Smart Phones

Pacemakers

Two-Way Radios

Tablets or E-readers

Hearing Aids

Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Devices

Laptop Computers

TV

Remote-Controlled Toys

que pesen 2 libras o más deben de

Flight Service debajo del asiento o ser guardados

en los compartimentos superiores mientras el avión avanza por la pista, durante el despegue y el aterrizaje. Se recomienda que las computadoras portátiles se guarden en un Always Permitted estuche debajo del asiento.Never EnPermitted los vuelos internacionales, todos los PEDs deben permanecer apagados mientras el avión avanza por la pista, durante el despegue y el aterrizaje Never Permitted en aeropuertos fuera de los EE. UU. y susPacemakers territorios. Por favor usa auriculaTwo-Way Radios Never Permitted res para cualquier sonido o video.

Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers

NFL Redzone

Messaging

Inflight Entertainment

Laptop Computers Laptop Computers Permitted Inflight Entertainment Computadoras Permitted Flight Service portátiles Laptop Computers NFL Redzone

TV

Wifi

Inflight Entertainment

Wifi

TV

Flight Service

Inflight Entertainment

Tablets or E-readers

TV

Flight Service

Movies

Flight Service Smart Phones

Smart Phones Always Permitted

Hearing Aids Radios Two-Way

DVD/CD Players Reproductores de DVD/CD Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Devices

Digital Cameras Cámaras Electronic Cigarettes and digitales Smoking Devices GPS Receivers Remote-Controlled Toys GPS

Always Permitted Always Permitted

NFL Redzone

Wifi

Movies

Hearing Aids Laptop Computers

Audio Players Aparatos de Two-Way Radios audio

Permitted Pacemakers

Pacemakers Never Permitted

Satellite Radio Radio por satélite Electronic Cigarettes and

VideoSmoking Devices Camcorders Videocámaras

Bluetooth Devices Remote-Controlled Toys Dispositivos Bluetooth

Never Permitted Flight Service Hand-Held Never Permitted

Electronic Remote-Controlled Toys Games Juegos electrónicos Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers portátiles Always Permitted

Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers

Never Permitted

Two-Way Radios

Two-Way Radios

Always Permitted Pueden usarse en todo momento dentro del avión

Wifi

Permitted

Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers

NFL Redzone

Never Permitted Electronic nerve stimulators and other implanted medical devices Permitted Always Permitted are also permitted. Dispositivos de Movies Messaging Flight Service estimulación eléctrica de los nervios Tablets or E-readers y otros aparatos médicos implantados Pacemakers Tablets or E-readers Messaging Smart Phones Pacemakers Pacemakers Two-Way Radios también son permitidos. Marcapasos

Permitted

Always Permitted

Wifi

Movies

Smart Phones

Flight Service Movies

Smart Phones

Permitted

Tablets or E-readers Always Permitted

Always Permitted TV

Pacemakers

Messaging

Never Permitted Laptop Computers

Never Permitted

Smart Phones

Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids Radios Hearing Aids Two-Way Aparatos para sordos Two-Way Radios

Tablets or E-readers

Electric Shavers Rastrillo Pacemakers eléctrico Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Devices

Electronic Cigarettes and Electronic Smoking Devices Watches Relojes electrónicos Hearing Aids

Never Permitted Nunca pueden usarse dentro del avión

Hearing Aids Never Permitted

Remote-Controlled Toys

Electronic Cigarettes and

NoiseCanceling Two-Way Radios Headphones Auriculares que aislan el ruido

Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Devices

Smoking Devices Laptop Computers Remote-Controlled Toys TV Tablets or E-readers Hearing Aids Electronic Cigarettes and Devices capable of transmitting data, Smoking Devices unless otherwise noted, are never permitted. Nunca son permitidos Messaging Tablets or E-readers Hearing Aids Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Devices los dispositivos con capacidad para TV Laptop Computers Remote-Controlled Toys Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers NFL Redzone Smart Phones Pacemakers Two-Way Radios Two-Way Radios Electronic Television or Remotetransmitir datos, excepto que se (Walkie-Talkies) Cigarettes and AM/FM Radio Controlled Toys Laptop Computers Remote-Controlled Toys Pacemakers Two-Way Radios especifique lo contrario. or Scanners Smoking Devices Receivers Juguetes de Radios emisoCigarrillos Televisión o Receivers control remoto or AM/FM Radio NFL Redzone Laptop Computers Remote-Controlled ToysTelevision TV res/receptores electrónicos y radios de AM/ TV Laptop Computers Remote-Controlled Toys (walkie-talkies) dispositivos para FM Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers NFL Redzone fumar Tablets or E-readers Hearing Aids Electronic Cigarettes and

Messaging

Hearing Aids

Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Devices

Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers

Smoking Devices

Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers

NFL Redzone

Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers

NFL Redzone Remote-Controlled Toys

Laptop Computers

CREW INTERFERENCE Federal law prohibits any Passenger from assaulting, threatening, or intimidating a Crew Member or interfering with a Crew Member’s duties. La ley federal prohíbe que los pasajeros asalten, amenacen o intimiden a los Miembros de la Tripulación o que interfieran con los deberes de un Miembro de la Tripulación. DISABILITY ASSISTANCE Southwest Airlines offers assistance to Customers with disabilities upon request. Southwest Airlines siempre ofrece asistencia para sus clientes con discapacidades que lo pidan. ELECTRONIC DEVICES Cellphones and pagers may be used at the gate and after landing. Los teléfonos y localizadores pueden ser usados en la puerta y después de aterrizar. CARRYON BAGGAGE Customers are limited to one (1) bag per person, plus one (1) additional personal item. El límite es de una (1) maleta por persona y un (1) artículo personal. LOST AN ITEM ONBOARD A FLIGHT? Visit the Customer Service page on Southwest.com to report a lost item. Visita la página de Servicio al Cliente en Southwest.com para reportar un objeto perdido. PETS All pets must stay inside their carriers and under the seat for the duration of the flight. Todas las mascotas deben permanecer dentro de sus jaulas y debajo del asiento durante todo el vuelo. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Customers are prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages not purchased onboard. Alcoholic beverages will not be served to anyone under the age of 21. We reserve the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone. Se prohíbe que los Clientes consuman bebidas alcohólicas si no fueron compradas a bordo. No serviremos bebidas alcohólicas a las personas menores de 21 años de edad. Nos reservamos el derecho de negar la venta de bebidas alcohólicas a cualquier persona. PERSONAL DEVICES Unapproved personal devices (e.g., Knee Defender, infant slings) may not be attached to any part of the aircraft. Dispositivos personales no aprobados (por ejemplo, “defensor de rodillas”, manta portabebés) no pueden sujetarse a cualquier parte de la aeronave.

Remote-Controlled Toys

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Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers

Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Thirty Years of Tradition The annual LUV Classic supports children’s charities. In October, we celebrated the 30th year of a beloved Southwest Airlines tradition: the LUV Classic golf tournament and party. It’s an awesome competition played for charity, with a handful of fun twists delivered in typical Southwest style. Over these past three decades, more than 47,000 party guests, 17,000 golfers, and nearly 7,000 volunteers have participated in the annual event, generating more than $15 million for children’s charities. However, the LUV Classic hasn’t always been the polished party that it is today. In fact, it began very humbly. When popular Dallas bar owner Joe Miller was diagnosed with cancer in the mid-’80s, several friends—including Southwest Airlines Cofounder and Chairman Emeritus Herb Kelleher—rallied around him, raising funds to ease the burden of his medical bills. Their efforts pulled in more than he needed, so Joe took the excess and donated it to the Dallas Ronald McDonald House, which is part of a national charity dedicated to helping families traveling to receive medical attention for their critically ill children. Shortly after Joe passed away, the Dallas Ronald McDonald House’s board of directors, which included Southwest President Emeritus Colleen Barrett, decided to host a golf tournament and party fundraiser in Joe’s honor. Southwest organized that first event and has continued

to do so ever since, and over the years the LUV Classic has grown exponentially and evolved into the celebration it is today. Southwest has proudly donated to 113 Ronald McDonald Houses. In line with our international expansion, we’ve spread that love to Houses in some of our international cities as well. And this year, we added Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to the list of children’s charities that we support— further amplifying the impact Southwest makes on families who are facing serious illnesses. The 30th annual LUV Classic, complete with dinner, dancing, and a night of camaraderie, was held at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, Texas. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of the charitable sponsors, volunteers, and party attendees who made the event an overwhelming success! Southwest Airlines is teeing up for many more years of golfing fun while helping those in need. —Lori Skinner

BY THE NUMBERS

Any way you slice it, the LUV Classic has a big impact.

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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

BEVERAGES

Customs & Immigration 1

FORM APPROVED OMB NO. 1651-0009

19 CFR 122.27, 148.12, 148.13, 148.110,148.111, 1498; 31 CFR 5316

Each arriving traveler or responsible family member must provide the following information (only ONE written declaration per family is required). The term “family” is defined as “members of a family residing in the same household who are related by blood, marriage, domestic relationship, or adoption.” 1 Family Name

First (Given) 2 Birth date

Middle Month

Day

Year

3 Number of Family members traveling with you 4 (a) U.S. Street Address (hotel name/destination

(b) City

6 Passport number 7 Country of Residence 8 Countries visited on this

trip prior to U.S. arrival

10 The primary purpose of this trip is business: 11 I am (We are) bringing

(a) fruits, vegetables, plants, seeds, food, insects: (b) meats, animals, animal/wildlife products: (c) disease agents, cell cultures, snails: (d) soil or have been on a farm/ranch/pasture:

12 I have (We have) been in close proximity of livestock:

Yes

No

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

No No No No No

Yes

No

Yes

No

(such as touching or handling)

13 I am (We are) carrying currency or monetary instruments

over $10,000 U.S. or foreign equivalent:

(see definition of monetary instruments on reverse)

14 I have (We have) commercial merchandise: (articles for sale, samples used for soliciting orders, or goods that are not considered personal effects)

15 RESIDENTS—the total value of all goods, including commercial merchandise

I/we have purchased or acquired abroad, (including gifts for someone else, but not items mailed to the U.S.) and am/are bringing to the U.S. is: $ VISITORS—the total value of all articles that will remain in the U.S., including commercial merchandise is: $

Read the instructions on the back of this form. Space is provided to list all the items you must declare. I HAVE READ THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THIS FORM AND HAVE MADE A TRUTHFUL DECLARATION.

Date (month/day/year)

CBP Form 6059B (04/14)

for passengers coming from abroad

Please read the instructions prior to filling this form: Every passenger or head of household must provide the following information.

1 Last name(s)

PAYMENT OF DUTIES

Name(s) Nationality

Mexican laws establish among others the following penalties and sanctions related to the importation of goods into the country: • Omission to declare whether coming in or out of the Mexico´s customs amounts of cash, in domestic or foreign checks, payment orders or any other documents receivable in an aggregate amount exceeding the equivalent of 10,000 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency, which action will be punishable with a fine of 20 to 40% of the exceeding amount and the corresponding criminal penalties will be applied. • Introduction into or extraction of goods from Mexico, using deceitful methods to hide items, when their imports or exports is prohibited, restricted or because foreign trade duties must be paid, will be punishable with fines ranging, to 70 or 100%, of the commercial value of merchandise. • Omission of the total or partial payment of foreign trade duties. When failure consist of only a duty omission and the goods do not exceed 3,000 US dollars or its equivalent In domestic or foreign currency, the penalty will consist of up to 116% of the commercial value of the items. Once the duties have been paid, the Customs Authority will make the items available to the passenger. • If the corresponding documentation required by the Customs Law prove that the merchandise was properly submitted for proper customs procedures in order to enter the country, is not exhibited, a precautionary seizure of the non declared goods as well as the corresponding vehicle, in case the passengers entered the country by land, will proceed. • For non declared items which do not comply with regulations and restrictions other than duties, abandonment can be declared once the corresponding fine is paid.

Issue on 2013. Please look up for changes in this information when you are visiting us again at customs desk or at www.aduanas.gob.mx

sat.gob.mx

aduanas.gob.mx

U.S. Customs Declaration Form*

Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (or one Passenger per family with the same address) bound for the U.S. How to complete this form: • Complete before arrival in the U.S. • Write in English, in capital letters. • Be sure to include the street name and number, city, and state of your address in the U.S. • If you are transiting through the U.S., you may write TRANSIT and your final destination country. • Lines 5 and 6 may be left blank if not using a passport. • On Line 9, enter WN for Southwest, followed by your specific flight number. • Please read both sides of the declaration. • Sign at the “X.”

Mexican Customs Declaration Form

Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (or one Passenger per family with the same address) on flights bound for Mexico. How to complete this form: • Complete sections 1–6. • Once completed, sign and date the form.

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Welcome to Mexico

Passengers may import items to their personal baggage without requiring the services of a customs agent by paying a global rate of 16%, provided that the total amount, excluding the duty free exemption, does not exceed 3,000 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency as long as an invoice, proof of payment or any other document that proves the commercial value of the items is provided.

INFRACTIONS AND SANCTIONS

9 Airline/Flight No. or Vessel Name

Signature

During the vacation periods of Holy week, summer and winter, Mexican Nationals entering the country by land may import, under duty exemption, items of up to 300 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency provided that such people do not live along the border strip or border region. The starting and ending dates of such periods can be consulted directly with customs personnel or at www. aduanas.gob.mx.

Liquor $5

3

Customs Declaration

2. Free of duty imports: passengers entering the country by sea or by air may import goods of duty, additional to their personal baggage, as long as they prove their value with an invoice or receipt and such amount does not exceed 300 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency or 75 US dollars when the entry is by land. Alcoholic beverages, shredded tobacco or automobile fuel cannot be imported as part of the duty free exemption.

• Duties can be paid using the form “Pago de contribuciones al comercio exterior” (Foreign trade tax payment). • The total value of computer equipment, added to the rest of the items above cannot exceed 4,000 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency. • Items subject to compliance, regulations other than payment of duties (permits, certificates, and notifications) cannot be imported. • In order to determine the tax basis, the duty free exemptions mentioned in number 2 could be deducted from the value of the items.

(c) State

5 Passport issued by (country)

2

This Space For Offical Use Only

Customs Declaration

Cheers!

Date of birth

Day

Month

Year

Passport number

2

VISITORS T Number of days you will stay in Mexico RESIDENTS OF MEXICO Number of days you stayed abroad

3

Number of family members traveling with you Number of luggage pieces (bags and packages) you bring with you Missing luggage or luggage to be imported by cargo (pieces) (See Notification 1 of this form)

4 MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION Mark with an X the means of transportation Maritime Vessel No.

Ground Transport No.

Air Flight No.

5 Carrying money in cash, receivables or a combination of both is legal; however, not declaring the total amount when more than the equivalent of 10,000 US dollars is carried may be subject to administrative or criminal penalties. Are you carrying amounts in cash, documents receivable (checks, promissory notes, payment orders, etc.) or a combination of them, the combined total of which exceeds 10,000 US dollars or their equivalent in national or foreign currency?

No If you have answered Yes, please declare the total amount in US dollars

Yes

$

If you answer Yes, you must also fill out the “Declaración de internación o extracción de cantidades en efectivo y/o documento por cobrar” (Customs Declaration for the import/export of cash, receivables or equivalent documents), which you can request from the customs personnel in charge at the entry ports to Mexico or download it from the Customs Internet Site: www.aduanas.gob.mx

Mexican Immigration Form

Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (including children) who are not citizens of Mexico, on flights bound for Mexico. How to complete this form: • Complete sections 1–14 on the top portion of the form and sections 1–10 on the bottom portion of the form. • Once completed, sign and date the top portion of the form. • Sections on the form titled “USO OFICIAL” are for use by Mexican Immigration officials and should not be filled out by Passengers. What to do with this form: • The form will be separated as Passengers proceed through Mexican Customs. • Make sure to retain the bottom portion of the form, which serves as your visa while in Mexico. It must be surrendered at time of checkin for your return flight. Passengers unable to present this form at time of departure will be fined by Mexican Immigration. * Go to cbp.gov to download, fill out, and print this form before your next international flight.

Beer $5

Wine $5

• Bud Light® • Miller Lite® • Dos Equis® Special Lager • Leinenkugel’s® Cranberry Ginger Shandy • Fat Tire®

• Hacienda Chardonnay • Carmenet Cabernet Sauvignon

Complimentary Beverages • • • • • • • • • • • •

Coca-Cola® Coke Zero™ Diet Coke® Sprite® Sprite Zero™ Dr Pepper® Diet Dr Pepper® Seagram’s® Ginger Ale Seagram’s® Tonic Water Seagram’s® Seltzer Water Mr & Mrs T® Bloody Mary Mix Mr & Mrs T® Margarita Mix

• Tomato Juice • Minute Maid® Cranberry Apple Cocktail • Minute Maid® Orange Juice • Minute Maid® Apple Juice • LIFT® Coffee* • Decaf Coffee* • Tea • Hot Chocolate • Noncarbonated Purified Drinking Water * Regular and hazelnut creamer available

Valid Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® drink coupons, as shown here, are printed with expiration dates and the Member’s (or issuing group’s) name. Business Select® drink coupons are valid for same-day use only. Valid Rapid Rewards and Business Select drink coupons will be accepted onboard for beer, wine, and liquor.

Recycling

We’re happy to take care of any recyclable items, including plastic bottles, coffee cups, newspapers, and food containers.

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INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PORTAL

Getting Connected: iOS To connect to our entertainment portal using your iOS device*, follow the instructions below. For more information about inflight entertainment options, see the menu located in the seatback pocket.

Connect to Southwest WiFi

1. Tap the Settings icon.

2. Tap the WiFi icon.

3. Tap the On/Off button and 4. Tap SouthwestWiFi in turn WiFi On. the list of WiFi networks and confirm connection.

Launch the entertainment portal

The entertainment portal is your direct source for our inflight entertainment options.

5. Tap the Safari icon.

6. Our entertainment portal 7. Select your entertainment should load automatically. If option and enjoy. not, click the address bar and type in southwestwifi.com.

More Information: • Content and services are offered on WiFi-enabled aircraft only. We cannot guarantee that connecting flights will be WiFi-enabled. • Service on flights to/from destinations outside the contiguous U.S. may not currently be available for the entire flight. • Movies and select TV content require download of the free AirTime Player app. • Pricing information can be found on the Inflight Entertainment Portal. • In order to provide a top-notch WiFi experience, we prohibit access to certain high-bandwidth applications and websites, including Netflix, HBO Go, and VoIP. We also prohibit access to certain obscene or offensive content.

*Instructions shown on an iPhone® 6. Your iOS device may vary slightly.

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Getting Connected: Android

™

To connect to our entertainment portal using your Android device**, follow the instructions below. For more information about inflight entertainment options, see the menu located in the seatback pocket.

Connect to Southwest WiFi

1. Tap the Settings icon.

2. Tap the WiFi icon.

3. Tap the On/Off button and 4. Tap SouthwestWiFi in turn WiFi On. the list of WiFi networks and confirm connection.

Launch the entertainment portal

The entertainment portal is your direct source for our inflight entertainment options.

5. Tap the Internet icon.

6. Our entertainment portal 7. Select your entertainment should load automatically. If option and enjoy. not, click the address bar and type in southwestwifi.com.

**Instructions shown on Samsung Galaxy SÂŽ 6. Your Android device may vary slightly.

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INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PORTAL

Getting Connected: Laptops To connect to our entertainment portal using your Mac or PC laptop*, follow the instructions below. For more information about inflight entertainment options, see the menu located in the seatback pocket.

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The entertainment portal is your direct source for our inflight entertainment options. MAC

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3. Open your preferred Web browser. MAC & PC

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4. Our entertainment portal should load automatically. If not, click the address bar and type in southwestwifi.com.

More Information: • Content and services are offered on WiFi-enabled aircraft

only. We cannot guarantee that connecting flights will be WiFi-enabled. • Service on flights to/from destinations outside the contiguous U.S. may not currently be available for the entire flight. • Pricing information can be found on the Inflight Entertainment Portal. • In order to provide a top-notch WiFi experience, we prohibit access to certain high-bandwidth applications and websites, including Netflix, HBO Go, and VoIP. We also prohibit access to certain obscene or offensive content. 5. Select your entertainment option and enjoy.

*The appearance of content on your laptop may vary slightly.

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With EarlyBird Check-in,® * you won’t have to lift a finger. We will automatically check you in and assign your boarding position before general check-in time. That means a better boarding position and improved overhead bin space. All that’s left to do is enjoy your flight. *Customer must retrieve boarding pass and be present in the gate area ten minutes prior to departure or reservations may be cancelled. Purchasers are automatically checked in 36 hours in advance and can obtain their boarding positions within 24 hours.

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Rapid Rewards.®

The name says it all. What makes Rapid Rewards so great? With unlimited reward seats and no blackout dates, you can use your points to fly any day of the year, and if a seat’s available, it’s yours. Plus, your points won’t expire.* When you reach tier status, you’ll enjoy the same great benefits of Rapid Rewards, along with a whole lot more!

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• Priority boarding • Fly By® priority check-in and security lane access** • 25% point-earning bonus

A-List Preferred tier benefits All the benefits of A-List, plus: • 100% point-earning bonus • Free Inflight WiFi (available only on WiFi-enabled aircraft)

Companion Pass status Earn Companion Pass and you can choose one person to fly free*** with you for an entire year!

Earn even faster with the Rapid Rewards Credit Card. Premier Card Exclusive Benefits: • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest Airlines® purchases made directly with the airline. • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on Rapid Rewards Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases. • Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. • Earn 6,000 bonus points after your Cardmember Anniversary. • Redeem points for international flights, cruises, hotel stays, rental cars, gift cards, and access to exclusive events. Visit Southwest.com/applytoday to learn more.

***Does not include taxes and fees from $5.60 one-way.

Enroll now

It’s free and easy to join Rapid Rewards. Sign up now at Southwest.com/enroll.

*Points don’t expire as long as you have flight or Partner earning activity every 24 months. **For a complete list of available Fly By locations, visit Southwest.com/flyby. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/rrterms. Accounts subject to credit approval. Restrictions and limitations apply. Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Visa Credit Cards are issued by Chase Bank USA, N.A. Offer subject to change. See Southwest.com/apply today for pricing and rewards details. ©2015 Southwest Airlines Co.

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Earn faster with our Partners. From dining to driving, making purchases with our Partners gives you even more ways to earn points doing things you normally do. How easy is that?

Hotels Paint the town red, then turn in at your favorite hotel. Book on Southwest.com® with Rapid Rewards® Partners and receive up to 750 points per qualifying stay.^ Visit Southwest.com/hotels to book now.

Earn from 1,000 to 10,000 points per night for every hotel stay booked through Rocketmiles. Visit rocketmiles.com/southwest to book now.

Rental Cars

Shop & Dine

Speed up the earning with your next car rental. Earn 600 points per qualifying rental.^

From haute couture to haute cuisine, you can earn Rapid Rewards Points with every dollar you spend. Earn 3 points per $1 spent. Join Rapid Rewards Dining for free today at rapidrewardsdining.com. Rapid Rewards Members can earn 1,000 points per order of $29.99 or more. Visit 1800flowers.com/rapidrewards.

Visit Southwest.com/car-rentals to book now.

Earn Rapid Rewards Points for shopping with many of your favorite online retailers! Visit rrshopping.southwest.com to learn more.

Rapid Rewards Shopping®

To view a full list of Partners, visit Southwest.com/partners. To learn how to earn more points with our current promotions, visit Southwest.com/promotions.

Earn up to 22 points per $1 spent on tickets to your favorite sports, concert, and theater events. Visit scorebig.com/southwest to get started. Earn 2,000 Rapid Rewards bonus points when you join the 4 Seasons wine club – plus 3 complimentary bottles. Learn more at laithwaiteswine.com/southwest.

Make your points go further. Close to a reward flight but need a few more points? You can buy points for yourself, give them as a gift, or transfer points from your Rapid Rewards account to another Member—all from one location.

Visit Southwest.com/pointscenter to get started.

^Potential to earn additional points depending on applicable promotion. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/rrterms. ©2015 Southwest Airlines Co.

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TERMINAL MAPS

International Connections

For departure times and gate numbers, check airport monitors or ask a Gate Agent. Atlanta (ATL)

Baltimore (BWI)

Chicago (MDW)

Denver (DEN)

Houston (HOU)

Orlando (MCO)

Domestic North Terminal and International Terminal

Main Terminal, between Concourses A and C

Main Terminal

Main Terminal

Main Terminal

Terminal A

DOMESTIC DEPARTURES

Concourse C

Concourses A, B, and C

Concourses A and B

Concourse C

Central Concourse and West Concourse

Airside 2

INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES

Concourse C

Concourses A, B, and C

Concourse A

Concourse C

Central Concourse and West Concourse

Airside 2

From Nassau and Oranjestad: Concourse C

From Cancún, Montego Bay, Punta Cana, and San José: Concourse E

TICKET COUNTERS

INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS

RECHECK LOCATION

From other destinations: Concourse F

Concourse F

From Montego Bay: Airside 1 or 4 Concourse A

Concourse C

West Concourse

Main Terminal

Main Terminal

Main Terminal, lower level

From other destinations: Concourse A, B, or C For arrivals from Cancún, Montego Bay, Punta Cana, and San José: Concourse E

From other destinations: Airside 2

For arrivals from Montego Bay: Airsides 1 and 4

Connecting to an International Flight • Go directly to the Southwest departure gate.

• Checked bags will be transferred automatically.

• You should not have to leave the secure part of the airport.

Connecting from an International Flight • Depending on point of departure, Customers may have to clear U.S. Immigration before collecting checked baggage from the baggage carousel. • You will then proceed through customs to clear checked and carryon baggage. • Customers traveling from some countries go through the customs process before returning to the United States.

• If you have checked baggage, proceed to the Southwest recheck desk or ticket counter to check your bags for the final portion of your trip. • Customers traveling internationally into the United States with a connecting flight may carry liquids in carryon baggage, provided they were purchased in duty-free shops and placed in secure, tamper-evident bags.

• Proceed to your departure gate. If you do not have a boarding pass for your connecting flight, you must obtain one at the ticket counter or at kiosks near the Southwest recheck desk before proceeding to your gate.

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Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) International Terminal Lower Level

Domestic North Terminal

MARTA Station

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Lower Level

Level 2

Terminal A Level 3

Main Terminal

Terminal B

International Arrivals International Arrivals

Midway International Airport (MDW) Lower Level

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) Lower Level

Main Terminal

Upper Level

West Concourse Lower Level

Lower Level

Upper Level

Main Terminal Central Concourse

Denver International Airport (DEN)

Main Terminal

Level 5

Level 5 Level 6

Level 6

Legend Southwest Gates and Counters Security Baggage Claim Ticket Counter Concourse designation

Level 5

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ROUTE MAP

Where We Fly PACIFIC TIME

MOUNTAIN TIME

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CENTRAL TIME

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FL

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DENVER KANSAS CITY

ST. LOUIS

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LAS VEGAS WICHITA BURBANK LOS ANGELES (LAX)

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ORANGE COUNTY

NASHVILLE TULSA

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SAN DIEGO

OKLAHOMA CITY PHOENIX

LITTLE ROCK

LUBBOCK

TUCSON

MEMPHIS

BIRMINGHAM DALLAS (LOVE FIELD)

EL PASO

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AUSTIN HOUSTON (HOBBY) SAN ANTONIO

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NEW ORLEANS

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CABO SAN LUCAS/LOS CABOS

CANCÚN PUERTO VALLARTA

You’re on Your Way

MEXICO CITY BELIZE CITY

You can get to a number of other cities via Southwest destinations. Travel to Santa Fe via Albuquerque, Palm Springs via Ontario, Galveston via Houston, and more. While we fly nationwide, service between some cities/ airports is not offered. Be sure to check our flight schedule.

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EASTERN TIME ATLANTIC TIME PORTLAND MANCHESTER ROCHESTER GRAND RAPIDS

FLINT DETROIT

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LONG ISLAND/ISLIP NEW YORK (LAGUARDIA) NEW YORK (NEWARK)

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PHILADELPHIA

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BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON (BWI) WASHINGTON, D.C. (DULLES) WASHINGTON, D.C. (REAGAN NATIONAL)

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BOSTON LOGAN PROVIDENCE HARTFORD/SPRINGFIELD

DAYTON

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PENSACOLA

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CHARLESTON

JACKSONVILLE ORLANDO

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