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Happy New Year! With the dawn of a new year upon us, it’s a great time to reflect on the past as well as look forward to the year ahead with new resolutions. This time last year, we lost our beloved Founder and friend with the sad passing of Herb Kelleher on Jan. 3. I worked for and with Herb for more than three decades, and he taught me more than I could ever convey. One of his most important lessons was to always be prepared for the unexpected. “Prepare in the good times for the bad times that are sure to come,” he wisely said to me.

As I look ahead at the year 2020, the connection to having 20/20 vision is not lost on me. If hindsight is 20/20, Herb seemed to magically have the benefit of hindsight, foresight, and maybe even night vision goggles! Herb’s lesson is a powerful one: Try to see and anticipate what’s around the next corner. Having 20/20 vision doesn’t necessarily mean you have perfect vision—it only indicates the sharpness or clarity of vision at a distance. It’s so important to have that clarity to know your purpose, your past, your present, and your future.

Last year was far from perfect, and it was chock-full of the unexpected. With the passing of Herb and former CEO Jim Parker, a government shutdown, unprecedented weather, and the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX, it was arguably the most challenging year in my 33-year career at Southwest. I know Herb would be proud to know that, indeed, we were prepared, and we prevailed with stellar results, stronger than ever. Likewise, I’m so incredibly proud of our Employees for their resiliency and perseverance. Next year, we’ll celebrate our 50th anniversary, a major milestone for our entire Southwest Family. As we look ahead, we do so prepared for the unexpected, with clear vision and high hopes that our best days are ahead. Happy New Year!

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Mientras miro hacia el año 2020, recuerdo el concepto de tener visión 20/20. Herb parecía tener, mágicamente, el don de la retrospectiva, prospectiva y ¡Hasta gafas de visión nocturna! La lección de Herb es poderosa: Trata de ver y anticipar lo que hay a la vuelta de la esquina. Tener visión 20/20 no significa necesariamente que tienes una visión perfecta; solo indica la agudeza o claridad de la visión que tenemos desde lejos. Es muy importante tener esa claridad para conocer tu Propósito, tu Visión, tu pasado, tu presente y tu futuro.

El año pasado estuvo lejos de ser perfecto, y estuvo lleno de situaciones inesperadas. Desde el fallecimiento de Herb y de nuestro ex CEO Jim Parker, hasta el cierre del gobierno, eventos climáticos sin precedentes y la inmovilización del Boeing 737 MAX, - se puede decir que fue el año más difícil de mi carrera de 33 años en Southwest. Yo sé que Herb estaría orgulloso de saber que, efectivamente, estábamos preparados, y que prevalecimos con resultados increíbles y más fuertes que nunca. Asimismo, estoy sumamente orgulloso de nuestros Empleados por su resiliencia y perseverancia. El próximo año, celebraremos nuestro 50º aniversario, un hito importante para toda la Familia Southwest. Mientras vemos hacia adelante, lo hacemos preparados para lo inesperado, con una visión clara y con la esperanza de que nuestros mejores días están por venir. ¡Feliz año nuevo!

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Southwest® recognizes Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. At Southwest Airlines®, our Heart is to take care of people and do what’s right by championing our communities. During the month of January, advocates, organizations, and individuals worldwide unite to raise awareness about the serious issue of human trafficking—a problem Southwest is passionate about combating. Last year, to support global efforts to eliminate human trafficking, we launched an online curriculum for our Employees. The purpose of this curriculum is to provide an overview of the crime, including better understanding of what human trafficking is and how our Employees can take action if they suspect they have encountered a potential trafficking situation. For the content in this curriculum, Southwest partnered with the nonprofit Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. This

launch was embraced by our Employees and is just the first step on this journey. Southwest will introduce additional training for our Customer-facing Employees that will focus on specific operational processes and procedures. This issue is prevalent in our own industry, which makes it personal for Southwest. Although human trafficking does not always involve the movement or transportation of people, 38 percent of survivors in Polaris-led focus groups said they traveled by plane at some point during their exploitation. In addition to providing our Employees with these resources, Southwest also supports the work of our nonprofit partners Polaris, United Against Human Trafficking, and Rethreaded. Their programs and services aid in identification, rescue, restoration, and/or prevention efforts. Through monetary and ticket donations, Southwest supports these organizations in fulfilling their missions. To learn more about human trafficking and the organizations working hard to end it, visit uaht.org, polarisproject.org, and rethreaded.com. —Carolyn Nutting & Rachel Barry, Communications To request help or report suspected human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888373-7888 or text “help” to BeFree (233733).

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Challenges of re-entering the dating scene? E: The rules had changed. It’s a part-time job and too much work to meet someone online. I wanted to meet someone face-to-face right off the bat. My time is valuable and I didn’t want to waste it getting to know someone in the virtual world only to realize “this isn’t going to work out”. D: I was out of the singles scene for a couple years. I liked It’s Just Lunch because it was a commitment to “I’m going to take that step and venture out.”

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What can you do to find your edge? “Think first and foremost about how you enrich and provide value to other people. What is it that makes you you? Is it that you were raised by immigrants? Is it that you prefer creating and building to influencing? When you know these things, you can be better at guiding the people you’re interacting with.”

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families at home could see the performances via livestream. From a tripod at the back of the country’s most beautiful historic theaters, I filmed unending parades of grand jetés and sequins, medleys of Justin Timberlake and Sia booming through the halls. I’d carefully zoom in and out to changes in the music. Tracking sudden leaps and blooming formations came naturally. Long hours disappeared as I entered the story of each routine. It almost felt like dancing. Once, after the last trophy was awarded in Albuquerque, New Mexico, one of the judges approached me while we were waiting for late-night takeout at the hotel bar. “What studio are you from?” he asked, mistaking me for a dance teacher. “No studio,” I said. “I’m the Showbiz videographer.” “You look like you’re a dancer,” he said with a hint of suspicion. “I used to be.” On the elevator up to my room, I glowed at the recognition. I knew I was cut from the same cloth as these teachers, the same cloth as my mother, a professional ballerina. But, more than 15 years away from classes and stages, my capacity as a dancer had become irrelevant. On tour with Showbiz, though, I could sometimes feel it in my blood. My mom danced her way through the 1970s, first as a january 2020 Southwest 55

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student at Texas Christian University and then with the Fort Worth Ballet Association, known today as the Texas Ballet Theater. There’s a photo of her in the Dallas Morning News in April 1978. Jan Hines, left; blonde, petite, and tough, en pointe with the legendary Arthur Mitchell, who founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem. A year after that photo appeared, an elderly couple drove up a hill on a two-lane road near my mom’s hometown of Tyler, Texas. They were in the wrong lane and hit my mom head-on. She lost a kidney, a kneecap, a month to a hospital stay, and her career as a performer. She was 27. Teaching and taking classes sustained my mom for decades after the wreck. She rented a studio on the town square in Lancaster, Texas, where my brother and I grew up. It was known lovingly as “The Dance Castle.” My friends took ballet, tap, and jazz in the modest second-floor walkup, next to a boarding house for cats. So did I, a passionate but undisciplined student who mouthed the words to Color Me Badd’s “All 4 Love” in the mirror, against policy. Rehearsal was her truest love, my mom often told me. Building. Progress. The work was the heart of dance, not the show. T RADING YOUR JAZZ SHOES for Asics to be a high school cheerleader was something of a Texas tradition. If your school didn’t have a dance team at the dawn of the 21st century, then the alternative was nailing stiff hip-hop-inspired routines set to cheer mixes with whipcrack sound effects. In high school, showing off and making friends became more important than devoting myself to art. I sold it hard from the front of bowling pin formations every time we danced to songs like Missy Elliott’s “Gossip Folks” and Lenny Kravitz’s “American Woman.” My training faded, and I backed away in college, opting instead to

write about the arts as a journalist. If I wasn’t going to be the best, then why do it at all? My body became that of a passive observer, ideal for staying as inconspicuous as possible in any given setting. Stumbling through the occasional adult hip-hop class confirmed to me that yes, I loved dance, and yes, I had lost it. T HE DAY I STARTED dancing again had not been a good day. I woke up in Brooklyn without my boyfriend. I had thought he would be house-sitting with me for my brother and sister-in-law, who’d gone to London without their dogs, Phoebe and Delilah. This was a weeklong trip I’d dreamt of taking with him since we’d met five years before. Sudden distance and three weeks of stonewalling and confusion had given way to a phone call during which he’d said, coldly, that the relationship needed work he could not do. Days later, I took Phoebe and Delilah to the Williamsburg Bridge, numb to the sunlight. Trains rattled beside us. After we returned, I lay down and felt a weight settle in my limbs. For about an hour, a sense of grief pressed me into the bed. I did nothing else but lay still, as if waiting. This routine went on: the bridge, the walk, the stillness. Finally, I realized the frozen feeling always hit at about 11 a.m., the latest hour I’d get a text from him if we were apart, and the hour during which we’d often start our days together on the weekends. My bones seemed to remember this structure. The proof of this daily habit, of pure attachment, struck me. So did the count of hours I’d stayed in the apartment while my favorite city swirled outside, one flight of stairs below. The need to get up became a matter of urgency. Whatever I did over and over, my body would remember. As someone who deals with chronic depression, I have employed many tricks to stay on

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my feet. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t. There was one I hadn’t tried with consistency in a long time. That afternoon I needed an hour without my phone. I needed loud music. I needed to keep myself from slipping. I pulled on a pair of floral bike shorts, put my hair up, crated the dogs, and took the train to Midtown for dance class. BROADWAY DANCE CENTER in New York City was among the first studios in the world to offer drop-in classes, the kind anyone can take for a single fee without registering in advance. Today, there are more than 350 weekly sessions to choose from, at various levels of ability. One can study vogueing, Broadway jazz, or the flow-ier jazz fusion; there’s a class devoted to locking, one to jumps and turns, and another to theater tap (not to be confused with street tap). Ever wondered what Madonna’s dancers do when they aren’t on tour? Or where you might find the choreographers who give So You Think You Can Dance cast members quick-turn training? They’re often helming classes at top-tier studios like BDC. For years, I had watched them intently on Instagram. Via social media, I drew connections among the who’s-who of dance west of Times Square like it was my beat. (It was not; I wrote about dance sometimes, but kept the BDC fantasy sacred.) Walking up West 45th Street, I swore I recognized the faces of dancers leaving the studio. The 3 p.m. beginner hip-hop class with Leslie Feliciano drew a dancer who’d just moved to New York from Israel. There was a pair of shy friends from Queens and a tall, commanding student who seemed to be spending the entire day at the center. He strode to the front of the studio at Feliciano’s request so the back line could watch. Feliciano’s style was all Latin dance beat with the heavy

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shoulders of hip-hop. I could isolate my neck to slide to the left at his instruction. The right, not so much. Footwork across the floor was a baffling equation. Rhythm, though, would never leave me. The song with a clap-trap breakdown in the intro sounded familiar. When I folded and extended my arms on the counts as he taught us a combo, Feliciano noticed. “Where are you from?” he asked me. My face flushed. “Texas,” I said, surprised at how proud I sounded, not for my home, but that I’d made it to class. “I see you, Cactus. Welcome to New York.” AUTHOR JULIA CAMERON introduced the concept of the “shadow artist” to creative circles. Latent artists, she contends, are often themselves drawn to these worlds as facilitators. A talent agent may have once loved acting and dropped their own practice to nurture a career that helps

actors succeed. A musician might set her work down and decide instead to become a counselor, applying pent-up creative energy to solve the problems of others and, perhaps, satisfy her parents with a more traditional career. Or a dancer might fall away and circle that world with a camera, until there was nowhere left to hide. Since taking the class in New York, I have begun a daily practice of creating short movement pieces. While recording with the webcam on my laptop, I combine steps I’ve learned through tutorial videos and then improvise to music. After about an hour of experimenting like this, I review the footage and assemble the movements. Finally, I post the video on Instagram to stay accountable. Every day I wake up thinking about a song, the shapes in it and what I might try and make of them. I’m now working up to three classes a week. I’ve committed to at least 10 hours a week of additional

training and conditioning in a converted studio at my home. Just days after I started sharing my dance videos on social media, two friends asked me to collaborate. It will take years to regain the flexibility and endurance I need to learn more in the realms of contemporary and jazz fusion, the styles which most interest and elude me. But little by little, my sessions are improving my physical memory for choreography. The concept of increments as a way forward has never been so clear. My need to grow is now greater than my fear of being misunderstood, of being too slow, of promising so much of my time to one thing. When you think about it, dance is learning to begin again, over and over. It’s a lot of work. But for the first time ever, I believe I’m worth it. Lyndsay Knecht is a writer and dancer living in Texas. Email her at lyndsay.knecht@gmail.com.

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DO YOU … Prefer to be outdoors? Try to sit courtside at games? Consider yourself a thrill-seeker?

THE ADVENTURER The Lodge at Primland ← MEADOWS OF DAN, VIRGINIA

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas PHOTOGRAPHY BY TAYLOR VANDIVER (HOTEL DOMESTIQUE)

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF PRIMLAND, CASA DE CAMPO RESORT & VILLAS, KA’ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL

Set on 12,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this resort features an activity roster that goes beyond nature hikes and yoga. Try geocaching, kayaking, fly-fishing, or tree climbing. Then, spend an evening stargazing at the observatory, complete with a high-powered telescope. From $430

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The island’s oldest golf resort offers world-renowned courses designed by Pete Dye, as well as free golf clinics twice a week, a state-ofthe-art training center, and two indoor hitting bays. Kids will love the nighttime driving range, which comes with LED golf balls. From $149

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel ↑ LAHAINA, HAWAII

True to its name, this hotel overlooks one of Maui’s most beautiful beaches. Excursions include snorkeling and stand-up paddleboarding, but the real can’t-miss experience comes in the form of a traditional outrigger canoe. As guests help power the boat, local guides discuss ancient practices like Hawaiian navigation techniques and canoe-building. Go during whale season (November–May) for a particularly memorable outing. From $200

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KIDS ARE NATURAL CLIMBERS. Just ask the parents who have to keep their toddler from scaling the furniture. Or head to a nearby jungle gym. Or think back to your childhood dreams of living in a treehouse. All children must have an innate desire to defy the earth and reach for the sky, if for no other reason than their hands and feet make it possible and there’s more to see up there than down here. But there are born climbers, and then there’s Brooke Raboutou. Climbing is the family business. Her older brother, Shawn, is an elite rock climber with a passion for outdoor bouldering. Her father, Didier Raboutou, a Frenchman whose flashy style made him stand out in toplevel climbing competitions, installed homemade climbing walls in his children’s playrooms. Her mother, Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou, a four-time World Cup climbing champion, has coached some of the world’s best young climbers, including Brooke and Shawn. It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that Raboutou has been climbing since before she could walk. If you tune in to watch rock climbing make its debut at the Olympics this summer, you’re going to hear some variation of that line repeated again and again. You’ll probably get sick of hearing it, but it’s true that climbing is in her blood. It’s a part of the reason the 18-year-old Boulder, Colorado, native could well become a household name in one of the country’s fastest-growing sports. If she hadn’t spent her childhood the way she did—hanging off walls and boulders, mostly—she likely wouldn’t have made history last August as the first American rock climber to qualify for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. Raboutou will look to her family for support as she prepares for the Olympics. She will train in Boulder. There will be trips to Salt Lake City to meet up with the national team, and to Atlanta to consult with a speed specialist. There will be trainers, coaches, movement and body experts, physical therapists, massage therapists. She will visualize routes: where her hands and feet will go, how to move, how to hold on. Meditate. Focus on her breathing. She will represent Team USA. She will climb, every day. Like she always has.

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amily vacations revolved around one activity. “We went on a lot of rock climbing trips,” Raboutou says. “Outdoor trips. Those were always the moments where I was like, ‘Wow. I love this.’” Living in Boulder made outdoor climbing a year-round possibility, and the family spent summers at their vacation house in France, climbing in the backyard gym or at the crags and boulders nearby. There were trips to Rodellar, Spain, to Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, and to the Rocklands in South Africa. Good climbers master a number of techniques and moves. When you’re supporting your own weight on awkwardly shaped holds that have barely enough room for two fingers, you may be required to contort your body in novel ways. You may be suspended at odd angles just as often as you’re ascending vertically. Some modern climbers have gone so far as to adopt parkour-like styles, seemingly bounding from one hold to another. In roped climbing, there’s equipment to manage. There are always decisions to make. Figuring out the best way to complete a route can be like solving a puzzle. Raboutou learned quickly that there’s more to climbing than climbing. From the beginning, she relished the physical and mental demands of the sport, which suited her analytical mind. Climbing requires as much thought as it does strength and endurance—Where do my hands go next? What if I move to the left here? Can I grip this hold while I swing the rest of my body to this next part? What if I fall? The fact that there were always new challenges to overcome satisfied her need to constantly push her limits. And the camaraderie and teamwork, which she first experienced climbing outdoors with her family, fit her lighthearted personality. Getting to go on vacations to some of the most jaw-dropping places on the planet was a plus. Outside of climbing, Raboutou has led a life that would be familiar to most American teenagers. She likes to keep busy. She spends time with her friends and enjoys schoolwork. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at the University of San Diego, with plans to get a degree in business. She had been living in a dormitory

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before putting school on hold to train for the Olympics, which wasn’t an easy decision. Commitment to climbing has made some compromises necessary. “At times, when I’d be hanging out with friends and I had to leave for practice or competition or something like that, I felt like I was missing out. ‘Wouldn’t it be easier if I wasn’t a climber?’” Raboutou says. But she can’t imagine a day without it. “I need it.”

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or much of its history, rock climbing took place exclusively outside because, well, that’s where all the rocks were. People have been scaling high elevations for thousands of years for all sorts of reasons, but climbing for pleasure is a more recent development. The 14th-century Italian poet Petrarch ascended the 6,273-foot Mont Ventoux out of “the wish to see what so great an elevation had to offer.” The English mountaineer George Mallory famously made attempts to summit Mount Everest “because it’s there.” Rock climbing has its roots in mountaineering and began to emerge as a distinct athletic pursuit in the late 19th century before expanding in the 20th. More and more people were recognizing the beauty of climbing for its own sake, and new equipment was making it easier and safer to take on more challenging ascents. The development of rappelling was significant, as was the use of carabiners and pitons, metal spikes that are forced into the rock, helping secure rope to wall and climber to rope. Traditional outdoor climbing is done using a roped system, with at least two climbers supporting each other. Other variations, like bouldering and free soloing, are done without a partner and without ropes. Indoors, bouldering walls are usually about 15 feet high, while walls for roped climbing are anywhere from 30 to 60 feet high. Outdoors, bouldering is reserved for smaller rock formations and routes that, relatively speaking, remain low to the ground. Free soloing is only for those with nerves of steel, as seen in the Oscar-winning 2018 documentary Free Solo, in which pro climber Alex Honnold scales the 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park with little more than chalk and the shoes on his feet. The first artificial climbing walls, whose holds were meant to call to mind the grip of outdoor rocks, started appearing in the United Kingdom in the 1960s. A professional indoor circuit would eventually follow from that. Still, many experienced climbers who thrive in indoor competition, like Raboutou, first fell in love with the sport in the outdoors, where the thrill of pitting yourself against nature can perhaps be more acutely felt. That was the case for Raboutou’s mother, who was 18 years old when her high school boyfriend took her climbing for the first time at Yonah Mountain in Georgia. Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou climbed like she’d been doing it her whole life. “It made me feel very strong and

powerful,” she says. She was hooked, and soon was traveling on weekends to climb throughout the South. Before long she was competing professionally, winning the first climbing World Cup she entered. She met and fell in love with the French pro climber Didier Raboutou, and they married in 1993. By then, climbing was well on its way to becoming a more mainstream sport, complete with respectable corporate sponsorships. That respectability may have come as a shock to the self-described “dirtbags” who helped popularize climbing in the U.S. in the 1970s. Renouncing the structure of a 9-to-5 to spend every day crushing difficult climbs at Yosemite didn’t make for a career your parents would brag about, but it was a lifestyle that appealed to free spirits. With the spread of the indoor climbing gym, however, no longer did you have to live in a tent and forgo hot showers to train. You could just try out climbing routes in the renovated warehouse down the street. By the time Erbesfield-Raboutou decided to have children, climbing as a sport had bloomed. There were pro competitions in gyms, based on technical skill. Meanwhile, increasingly bold record-setting outdoor climbs continued. There is some crossover between the indoors

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and outdoors. Today, climbing is as much for the diehard Yosemite dirtbags as it is for pros sponsored by The North Face and the amateurs who got their start in air-conditioned suburban gyms. Erbesfield-Raboutou climbed during both her pregnancies. Although there was never a conscious decision to raise her kids on a rock wall, she wanted to include her children in everything she did. “As soon as Shawn and Brooke were born, what do you do but go climbing?”

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s the kids grew, so did youth climbing. This is probably not a coincidence. “As I saw both Shawn and Brooke become so passionate, I realized there wasn’t a structure for young climbers. For gymnastics, there are facilities all over the world where you can take a 2-year-old or a 3-year-old,” Erbesfield-Raboutou says. “There was nothing for climbing. I created ABC Kids Climbing for Shawn and Brooke.” When she opened ABC Kids Climbing in Boulder, it helped pioneer a model of safe, supervised spaces that allowed kids as young as 2 years old to indulge their inclination to climb. Meanwhile, the Raboutou children were already becoming youth climbing heroes. By the time she

turned 12, the youngest Raboutou had already set several records and was ready to compete with the best. Raboutou can rely on her family as much as she counts on her own work ethic and sense of humor. “She’s focused, but I feel like it always comes down to having fun with her,” says Meagan Martin, a pro climber and longtime friend of the Raboutou family. “Sometimes when you watch people compete, they look kind of mad, but she’s always having a good time.” Despite being a competitive individual sport, climbing nurtures a strong sense of togetherness. Close friends are frequently close competitors. Outdoors, your success and safety depend in a very real way on the person at the other end of the rope. Trust is essential. Enter any climbing gym, in any city, and you’re likely to hear shouts of encouragement and receive offers to join the community. The climbing world has its own code and particular rituals, but those can be learned. And those gyms are everywhere. Originally designed for outdoor climbers who wanted to keep fresh in between trips to their favorite wall, rock climbing gyms today take all comers. People who have never set foot at the crag are now rock climbers. Your co-workers, the january 2020 Southwest 69

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a “flow state.” In the case of climbing, it describes an intense, Zenlike oneness between person and rock. To be in a flow state is to fear nothing—certainly not falling. Movement becomes instinctual. Your mind is focused on the climb. Everything else disappears. Your body will stick to the wall, your hands and feet will find the perfect For Raboutou (here with her brother Shawn and mother Robyn) and her family, climbing is a way of life.

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acid, they get “pumped.” (Not to be confused with getting pumped up, in which case what they’re actually doing is getting stoked.) Since the country’s first commercial climbing gym opened in 1987, hundreds have followed. About 50 commercial gyms opened in the U.S. in 2018 alone, a growth rate of nearly 12 percent from the previous year, according to Climbing Business Journal. More parents are sending their kids to climbing gyms because they recognize the benefits of such a well-rounded sport. “It’s not all about strength and power,” says Marc Norman, the chief executive of USA Climbing. It’s also a mental workout that teaches problem-solving and persistence. And climbing’s newfound accessibility means that places as flat as Atlanta are now producing high-level competitive athletes, Norman says. The gym boom has accompanied the sport’s growing popularity, which continued to skyrocket when it was announced in 2016 that climbing would appear in the 2020 Olympic Games.

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holds, and you will continue upward because there is nothing in the world that exists right now except for you and this rock. Some climbers meditate. Almost all of the good ones, including Raboutou, visualize their climbs. Having studied the wall beforehand, they will imagine each step and grip and hold of the task ahead. Raboutou does yoga, too. “I don’t do it often enough,” she says. Last year, in the weeks before the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Championships in Japan, Raboutou was getting distracted during competitions. Her climbing suffered. “After every [event], she was going, ‘I’m so frustrated. I could hear the microphone,’ or ‘I listened to these people talk,’” her mother says. A strong finish in the world championships would ultimately qualify several athletes for the Olympics, and the pressure may have been getting to her. It was the first time Erbesfield-Raboutou could remember her daughter confessing to any doubts. “Brooke’s the kid who will say, ‘I’ve got it, Mom,’” she says. This time, Raboutou asked for help. Her parents taught her several techniques and told her to

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focus on her breathing, to calm her nerves. “To me, this is the sign of a champion. You’ve got it until you don’t have it. And if you don’t have it, you look to your team for support,” Erbesfield-Raboutou says. When it mattered the most, she did what she needed to. At the IFSC World Championships in August, Raboutou finished ninth. USA Climbing had its first Olympian.

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iven the huge new platform of the Olympic Games, U.S. climbing officials expect 2020 to be a banner year for the sport. But if Raboutou is feeling nervous about competing on such a big stage, she isn’t showing it, only lamenting that she’s taking a semester off from school to ramp up her training. For the most part, her life will look much like it always has. She will spend time with her family. And she will climb. In October, just a couple months after her Olympic qualification, Raboutou fell during a competitive climbing event in Albuquerque. Although she wasn’t too seriously injured, she hurt her knee enough that she had to sit out the rest of the competition’s finals round. It wasn’t long before she was back in the gym, but it was a reminder, she says. She’d been getting too comfortable up there. Every climber falls, sometimes intentionally. In bouldering, it’s the fastest way back down. But accidental falls happen, even for people who have been climbing their entire lives. Setbacks are inevitable. Progress, like a climber scaling a wall, doesn’t always follow a straight line. Raboutou may have been born to climb, but she wasn’t born a great climber. What is it, then? Good genes? Hard work? The right breathing techniques? Maybe it’s simpler than all that. After she falls, she gets up. Alex Macon is an editor for this magazine. You can email him at alex.macon@paceco.com.

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Check out these reminders to enjoy a stress-free travel experience. SMOKE-FREE E-cigarettes are not allowed to be used in the cabin.

Secure a position in the A1-A15 boarding group with Upgraded Boarding. Ask a Customer Service Agent at the gate or ticket counter.*

Permitted Pueden usarse dentro del avión Small portable electronic devices (PEDs) such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones weighing less than 2 pounds may be used in AIRPLANE mode at all times on domestic flights, unless a Crew Member indicates otherwise. A small PED may be held in hand, attached to a person, or placed in clothing or a seatback pocket. Devices and accessories may not block access to the aisle. Large PEDs such as laptops weighing 2 pounds or more must be stowed under the seat or in an overhead bin for taxi, takeoff, and landing. It is recommended that laptops be placed in a case when stowed under the seat. Please use headphones for all audio and video. Siempre puedes usar dispositivos electrónicos portátiles y pequeños (PEDs) tales como tabletas, lectores electrónicos y teléfonos inteligentes que pesen menos de 2 libras en modo AVIÓN en los vuelos domésticos, excepto si un Miembro de la Tripulación indica lo contrario. Puedes tener un PED pequeño en la mano, llevarlo encima, en la ropa o en un bolsillo en el respaldo del asiento. Los dispositivos y accesorios no pueden bloquear el acceso al pasillo. Los PEDs grandes como computadoras portátiles que pesen 2 libras o más deben de ser guardados debajo del asiento o 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 estuche debajo del asiento. Por favor usa auriculares para cualquier sonido o video. Smartphones (in AIRPLANE mode) Teléfonos inteligentes (en modo AVIÓN) Tablets or E-readers (in AIRPLANE mode) Tabletas o lectores electrónicos (en modo AVIÓN) Laptop Computers Computadoras portátiles Audio Players Aparatos de audio DVD/CD Players Reproductores de DVD/CD

Digital Cameras Cámaras digitales GPS Receivers GPS Hand-Held Electronic Games Juegos electrónicos portátiles Satellite Radio Radio por satélite Video Camcorders Videocámaras Bluetooth Devices Dispositivos Bluetooth

We serve complimentary snacks, but feel free to bring your own food onboard— you just can’t bring your own alcohol to consume onboard.

Sometimes Permitted

Pueden usarse en ocasiones dentro del avión We understand you may want to document your travel on Southwest Airlines®. Want to photograph and/or record Southwest Airlines Customers or Employees? Let them know first! The use of cameras and mobile devices is permitted onboard to capture personal events but can never interfere with the Safety of a flight and should always respect others’ privacy. Entendemos que es posible que desees documentar tu viaje en Southwest Airlines. ¿Quieres fotografiar y / o grabar Clientes o Empleados de Southwest Airlines? ¡Hazles saber primero! El uso de cámaras y dispositivos móviles se permite a bordo para capturar eventos personales, pero nunca debe interferir con la seguridad de un vuelo y siempre debe respetar la privacidad de los demás.

Always Permitted

Pueden usarse en todo momento dentro del avión Electronic nerve stimulators and other implanted medical devices are also permitted. Dispositivos de estimulación electrónica de los nervios y otros aparatos médicos implantados también son permitidos. Pacemakers Marcapasos Hearing Aids Aparatos para sordos Electric Shavers Rastrillo eléctrico Electronic Watches Relojes electrónicos Noise-Canceling Headphones Auriculares que aislan el ruido

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BEFORE YOU GET UP, REMEMBER ...

Although you can form lines at the back lavatory, you cannot form lines at the front lavatory or gather in the front galley. Please remain seated when the seatbelt sign is turned on.

With EarlyBird Check-In® (ranging from $15–$25 one-way per person), we check you in 36 hours before your flight so you receive a better boarding position—and earlier access to overhead bin space.

ON A BUSINESS TRIP? With Business Select®, you can be one of the first to board with priority boarding. Pick the seat you want and have room for your carryon bags. Visit Southwest.com/ businessselect. MORE WORK PERKS Business Select Passengers can bypass long lines by taking advantage of our Fly By® priority checkin and security lane access (where available). For a complete list of available Fly By locations, visit Southwest.com/flyby. POWER UP Don’t forget to charge your device so you can enjoy our inflight entertainment offerings.

*Price depends on Customer’s itinerary; subject to availability.

Never Permitted Nunca pueden usarse dentro del avión

Devices capable of transmitting data, unless otherwise noted, are never permitted. Nunca son permitidos los dispositivos con capacidad para transmitir datos, excepto que se especifique lo contrario. Two-Way Radios (Walkie-Talkies) or Scanners Radios emisores/receptores (walkie-talkies) Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers Televisión o radios de AM/FM Remote-Controlled Toys Juguetes de control remoto Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Devices not allowed for use in the cabin. No se permite el uso de Cigarrillos Electrónicos y Dispositivos para fumar adentro de la cabina. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone

Also Good to Know También es bueno saber DISABILITY ASSISTANCE Southwest Airlines offers assistance to Customers with disabilities upon request. Please notify a Flight Attendant if you use a needle/ syringe while onboard so we may provide you with access to a disposal container. Southwest Airlines siempre ofrece asistencia para sus Clientes con discapacidades que así lo soliciten. Por favor, notifícale a un Auxiliar de Vuelo si necesitas usar una jeringa durante el vuelo para que podamos proporcionarte acceso al contenedor de desperdicios. 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 ataquen, amenacen o intimiden a los Miembros de la Tripulación o que interfieran con los deberes de un Miembro de la Tripulación. 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) smaller personal item. El límite es de una (1) maleta por persona y un (1) artículo personal más pequeño.

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 a discreción de nuestros Empleados.

LOST AN ITEM ONBOARD A FLIGHT? Visit the Customer Service page on South west.com® to report a lost item. Visita la página de Servicio al Cliente en Southwest.com para reportar un objeto perdido.

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 (coo por ejemplo “defensores de rodillas” o mantas portabebés) no pueden sujetarse a ninguna parte de la aeronave.

PETS All pets must stay inside their carriers and under the seat (not in an unoccupied seat) for the duration of the flight. Todas las mascotas deben estar adentro de sus portamascotas y debajo del asiento (no en un asiento vacío) mientras dure el vuelo. Southwest.com/pets 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 at our Employees’ discretion. Se prohíbe que los Clientes consuman bebidas alcohólicas si no fueron compradas a bordo.

SEATBELT EXTENSIONS Only seatbelt extensions provided by Southwest Airlines are approved for use onboard the aircraft. Only one seatbelt extension per person is allowed. Solo están aprobadas las extensiones para el cinturón de seguridad provistas por Southwest Airlines para su uso abordo de la aeronave. Se permite una sola extensión para el cinturón de seguridad por persona.

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Inflight Entertainment

Getting Connected

100% free inflight entertainment has arrived. Make time fly with free movies,1* messaging,2* and music.3*

To view movies and select ondemand TV content, download the Southwest® app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store before your flight. 1

HOW TO CONNECT: SOUTHWESTWIFI.COM

Handheld Devices

Tap the Settings icon, and then put phone on Airplane Mode. Choose the WiFi icon. Turn WiFi On with On/Off button.

Select SouthwestWiFi from your WiFi network list. A new page will appear with a link to Southwestwifi. com or an option to copy the URL. Click the link or copy it into your browser.

If the Inflight Entertainment Portal doesn’t load automatically, type Southwestwifi.com into the address bar.

Select your entertainment option and enjoy.

Laptops

Click the WiFi icon.

Select SouthwestWiFi from your WiFi network list. A new page will appear with a link to Southwestwifi. com or an option to copy the URL. Click the link or copy it into your browser.

If the Inflight Entertainment Portal doesn’t load automatically, type Southwestwifi.com into the address bar.

Select your entertainment option and enjoy.

2 Messaging service only allows access to iMessage and WhatsApp (must be downloaded before the flight). 3Free live TV and iHeartRadio on WiFi-enabled international flights may not be available for the full duration of the flight. *Free inflight entertainment available only on WiFi-enabled aircraft. Limited-time offer. Where available.

• 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 Southwest app. • Pricing information for purchasing WiFi can be found on the Inflight Entertainment Portal. • In order to provide a topnotch WiFi experience, we prohibit access to certain

high-bandwidth applications and websites, including Netflix, HBO GO®, and telephony applications (VoIP). We also prohibit access to certain obscene or offensive content.

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Beverages

THIS ONE’S ON US

Business Select Customers receive a free premium drink† on the day of travel.

Founders  All Day IPA and Dave SINCE MIKE STEVENS

Engbers opened Founders Brewery in 1997, the Michiganbased operation has flourished, becoming one of the highest-ranking breweries in the country. One reason for their success? The uber-popular All Day IPA, a subtly hoppy, lightly citrusy brew that you can enjoy on your Southwest flight. COMPLIMENTARY BEVERAGES

• Coca-Cola® • Coca-Cola® Zero Sugar • Diet Coke® • Canada Dry® Lemon Lime Sparkling Water • 7UP® • 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 • Mott’s® Tomato Juice • Minute Maid® Cranberry Apple Cocktail

• Minute Maid® Orange Juice • Minute Maid® Apple Juice • Minute Maid® Pineapple Orange Juice** • Community® coffee* • Community® decaf instant coffee* • Community® tea • Hot Chocolate • Deja Blue® Purified Still Water

* Regular creamer available ** Beverage available only on flights to/from Hawaii

All alcoholic beverages purchased onboard must be consumed onboard the aircraft.

BEER $6-$7

• Miller Lite® ($6) • Dos Equis® Special Lager ($6) • Founders® All Day IPA ($7) • Lagunitas® 12th of Never Ale ($7) • Blue Moon® Belgian White Ale ($7) • Kona Longboard Island Lager ($7)*

WINE $6

• Carmenet Cabernet

Sauvignon • Cruset Sparkling Wine • Mossel Bay Chenin Chardonnay

LIQUOR $7

• • • • • • • •

Dewar’s® Scotch Jack Daniel’s® Wild Turkey ® Tanqueray® Gin Bacardi® Rum Baileys® Irish Cream Deep Eddy Vodka Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka • Cazadores Tequila Blanco • Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum* * Beverage available only on flights to/from Hawaii

†You must be 21 years or older to drink alcoholic beverages. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not drink alcoholic beverages because of the risk of birth defects. Images of the alcoholic beverage product do not reflect how it is actually served. Customer will not receive a beverage with a cap. In accordance with FAA regulations, Customers are prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages onboard that are not served by Southwest Airlines.

Valid Southwest 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 sameday use only. Valid Rapid Rewards® and Business Select drink coupons will be accepted onboard for beer, wine, and liquor. RECYCLING

We’re happy to recycle the following items for you: empty plastic bottles, empty aluminum cans, and newspapers/magazines. RECEIPTS

Customers can retrieve drink receipts at Southwest.com/ beveragereceipts.

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Products and Services

Need a hand? Southwest® can help you when ...

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHAPECHARGE/ISTOCK

… you want to get away. It’s never too early to start thinking about spring break plans. Book your next getaway with Southwest Vacations® and save big by bundling your flight, hotel, and rental car. Southwest vacations.com

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... you’re filing your taxes. Earn 1,000 Rapid Rewards® bonus points when you use TurboTax®* to file your 2019 tax return. rapid rewardsshopping. southwest.com/ turbotax

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF TURBO TAX, 1800 FLOWERS

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west makes it simple for you to buy, gift, transfer, and donate your Rapid Rewards® points this winter. Southwest.com/ pointscenter

... you’re feeling romantic. Earn 1,000 Rapid Rewards points per order of $29.99 or more at 1-800-Flowers®.** 1800flowers.com/ rapidrewards All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/rrterms. *Offer limited to return filings made by April 15, 2020. One bonus per Rapid Rewards Shopping® program member. Additional terms apply. See rapidrewardsshopping.southwest.com/turbotax for details. **Terms and conditions apply.

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Rapid Rewards

EXCLUSIVE INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PORTAL OFFER!

Earn 50,000 Points!

Points. Perks. Priority. The Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card has perks on perks on perks. Earn 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first three months of opening your account. Visit our Inflight Entertainment Portal at Southwestwifi.com to learn more about the exclusive 50,000 point offer.

Accounts subject to credit approval. Restrictions and limitations apply. Southwest Rapid Rewards® Credit Cards are issued by Chase Bank USA, N.A. 50,000 point offer is exclusive to the Southwest Inflight Entertainment Portal and airport kiosks (where available) and is subject to change. See Southwestwifi.com and click the Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card link for offer details. To learn more about the Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card, visit Southwest.com. All Southwest Rapid Rewards® Program Rules and Regulations apply; please visit Southwest.com/rrterms.

A-LIST TIER BENEFITS

• 25 percent pointearning bonus • Fly By® priority check-in and security lane access* • Priority boarding to help you get on the plane faster Southwest.com/ ALstatus

A-LIST PREFERRED TIER BENEFITS

• All the perks of being an A-Lister • Free inflight WiFi (where available) • 100 percent point-earning bonus Southwest.com/ ALPstatus

*For a complete list of available Fly By® locations, visit Southwest.com/flyby.

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

Hotels COMPANION PASS

Every time you purchase a flight or redeem points for a flight, Companion Pass lets you choose one person to fly free of carrier charges** with you for an entire calendar year. Southwest.com/ companion **Does not include taxes and fees from $5.60 oneway. Visit Southwest. com/rrterms for a complete list of Companion Pass rules.

Paint the town red; then turn in at your favorite hotel and earn up to 10,000 Rapid Rewards points per night.† Book now at Southwesthotels.com in partnership with Booking.com.

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

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOVANA MILANKO/STOCKSY

Rapid Rewards Tiers and Companion Pass

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Earn 7,500 bonus points on your Cardmember anniversary.

Receive 4 Upgraded Boardings per year (when available).

Rental Cars

Speed up the earning with your next car rental. Earn 600 points per qualifying rental.† Visit Southwest.com/car-rentals to book now.

†Hotels and Rental Cars: Potential to earn additional points depending on applicable promotion. Partners are subject to change. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/ rrterms. ©2020 Southwest Airlines Co.

Plan your next getaway with the $75 Southwest® annual travel credit.

Earn 20% back on all inflight purchases.

Shop, Dine, and More

Make your points go further.

From haute couture to haute cuisine, you can earn hundreds of 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 on an order of $29.99 or more. Visit 1800flowers.com/rapidrewards.

Earn Rapid Rewards points for shopping at hundreds of your favorite online retailers. Visit rrshopping.southwest. com to learn more.

Earn 2,000 Rapid Rewards bonus points and get a special bonus, when you join the Laithwaites Wine Club. Learn more at laithwaites.com/southwest.

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.

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Go International

 TREAT YOURSELF

The Grand Cayman Marriott has four restaurants and a full-service spa.

Southwest® serves 13 international destinations, including Grand Cayman.

SOUTHWEST VACATIONS® SWEEPSTAKES Visit Southwestvacations.com/WinGCM and enter for your chance to win round trip air travel for two on Southwest to Owen Roberts International Airport, four-night double accommodations at Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, a $150 food and beverage credit, and round trip airport/hotel transfers in Grand Cayman.* Boarding, Customs, and Immigration 1

This Space For Offical Use Only

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.

Customs Declaration

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

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.

6 Passport number 7 Country of Residence

trip prior to U.S. arrival

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

(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:

Yes

No

(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.

Signature

CBP Form 6059B (04/14)

1 Last 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 Date (month/day/year)

Welcome to Mexico

Name(s)

I HAVE READ THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THIS FORM AND HAVE MADE A TRUTHFUL DECLARATION.

for passengers coming from abroad

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 10 The primary purpose of this trip is business:

sat.gob.mx

aduanas.gob.mx

3

Customs Declaration

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

PAYMENT OF DUTIES

• 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)

8 Countries visited on this

2

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

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.”

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF TKTK (SW PROVIDED PHOTO), PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL HOLLIS (ROYAL PALMS BEACH CLUB)

Insider’s Grand Cayman

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COCCOLOBA

Located right on the ocean, this bar and grill offers island and Mexican flavors while serving up delicious drinks like pisco sours and spicy margaritas.

RUM POINT Clear shallow water and white-sand beaches make this spot ideal for snorkeling and swimming. Then, you can relax in a beach-side hammock or try one of the tasty food spots.

ROYAL PALMS BEACH CLUB

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUKE LIABLE/STOCKSY (RUM POINT), MICHAEL PISARRI (COCCOLOBA)

The biggest beach club on Seven Mile Beach has a lot to offer, including a swim-up cocktail bar, oceanfront dining, an adults-only pool, two-for-one happy hours, and private beach cabanas.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Open to legal residents of 50 United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Alaska), age 21 or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited. Limit one entry per person. All fields must be completed. Approximate retail value of prize: $2,700. For complete details and Official Rules, visit Southwestvacations.com/WinGCM. By submitting this entry, you agree to the Official Rules. By entering, information collected will be used in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy at Southwestvacations.com/generalinformation/privacy-and-security-policy. Sponsor: Apple Leisure Group, doing business as Southwest Vacations, 8517 South Park Circle, Orlando, FL 32819. Enter by 11:59 p.m. CT on Jan. 31. International air travel does not include taxes and fees of at least $5.60 per one-way flight.

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.

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 check-in 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.

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Route Map

Your Destination Awaits

Planning your next getaway? It’s a snap at Southwest.com®. PACIFIC TIME

YOU’RE ON YOUR WAY You can get to a number of other cities via Southwest® destinations. Travel to Santa Fe via Albuquerque, Palm Springs via Ontario/ LA, Galveston via Houston (Hobby), and more. Service between some cities/airports is not offered. * Subject to requisite governmental authorization.

MOUNTAIN TIME

SEATTLE/TACOMA

CENTRAL TIME

SPOKANE

PORTLAND

BOISE

MINNEAPOLIS/ ST. PAUL MILWAUKEE

RENO/TAHOE

DES MOINES

SALT LAKE CITY

SACRAMENTO OAKLAND SAN FRANCISCO (SFO) SAN JOSE

GRAND RAPIDS

CHICAGO (MIDWAY)

OMAHA INDIANAPOLIS DENVER KANSAS CITY

ST. LOUIS

LOUISVILLE

LAS VEGAS WICHITA BURBANK LOS ANGELES (LAX) LONG BEACH

ONTARIO/LA

ALBUQUERQUE

ORANGE COUNTY

NASHVILLE TULSA

AMARILLO

OKLAHOMA CITY

SAN DIEGO

PHOENIX

LUBBOCK

TUCSON

MEMPHIS BIRMINGHAM

DALLAS (LOVE FIELD) EL PASO

LIHUE (KAUAI)

LITTLE ROCK

MIDLAND/ODESSA

HONOLULU (OAHU) AUSTIN

KAHULUI (MAUI) KONA (ISLAND OF HAWAII)

HAWAII SERVICE START DATES HNL–ITO 1/19/20 SJC–LIH 1/19/20 OAK–LIH 1/21/20 OAK–KOA 1/19/20 KOA–OGG 1/19/20 SJC–KOA 1/21/20 SMF–OGG 3/7/20

HOUSTON (HOBBY)

HILO (ISLAND OF HAWAII)

PENSACOLA NEW ORLEANS

SAN ANTONIO CORPUS CHRISTI

HARLINGEN/SOUTH PADRE ISLAND

CABO SAN LUCAS/LOS CABOS

CANCU CANC UN PUERTO VALLARTA

COZUMEL*

SAN DIEGO

Get a breathtaking view of the city during a tour of the California Tower at San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park.

BELIZE CITY

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This unreal moment brought to you by Saguaro National Park.

FT. LAUDERDALE

Dine at the sophisticated oceanfront restaurant Terra Mare and try the roasted beet salad.

EASTERN TIME ATLANTIC TIME PORTLAND MANCHESTER ROCHESTER

ALBANY

BUFFALO/ NIAGARA FALLS

DETROIT

BOSTON LOGAN PROVIDENCE HARTFORD/SPRINGFIELD LONG ISLAND/ISLIP NEW YORK (LAGUARDIA)

CLEVELAND PHILADELPHIA

PITTSBURGH

BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON (BWI)

COLUMBUS CINCINNATI

WASHINGTON, D.C. (DULLES) WASHINGTON, D.C. (REAGAN NATIONAL) RICHMOND NORFOLK/VIRGINIA BEACH

RALEIGH/DURHAM CHARLOTTE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG

ATLANTA

JACKSONVILLE

PANAMA CITY BEACH

TURKS AND CAICOS

ORLANDO TAMPA FT. MYERS/ NAPLES

WEST PALM BEACH

FT. LAUDERDALE (MIAMI AREA) A

Relax by the ocean in a cabana at Seven Stars Resort & Spa, located on Grace Bay Beach.

NASSAU

N CAICOS TURKS AND SAN JUAN

HAVANA PUNTA CANA GRAND CAYMAN MONTEGO BAY

ARUBA

LIBERIA

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMANTHA DARLING (SAN DIEGO); PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SEVEN STARS RESORT AND SPA, TERRA MARE

CHARLESTON

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SAN JOSÉ

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One Question

Troy Aikman, I encourage kids to play all sports. I see them being asked to pick a primary sport and focus on that at a young age, and I don’t really see the benefits in that. Had I focused on one sport at the age these kids are today, I never would have played football. I almost gave it up my freshman year of high school to just play basketball and baseball because I thought I wanted to focus more on my baseball career. I think a lot of the specialization in club sports has been more of a benefit for the coaches than it has been for the players. What I see is kids who, at a very young age, start club sports, and by the time they get to high school, they’re totally burned out. I believe the more sports the better. On Feb. 2, catch the former quarterback on FOX’s broadcast of the Super Bowl.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOMMY GARCIA

what’s your advice for young kids who want to play sports?

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Profile for Southwest: The Magazine

January 2020  

Ahead of rock climbing’s Olympic debut, Brooke Raboutou is nearing the pinnacle of her sport.

January 2020  

Ahead of rock climbing’s Olympic debut, Brooke Raboutou is nearing the pinnacle of her sport.