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Connecting People and Communities All told, our 2015 corporate monetary, in-kind, and ticket donations totaled more than $19 million. And while we’re proud to provide monetary resources and tickets to deserving organizations, we also seek out ways to personally engage in the causes that matter most to the communities we serve. In 2014, we launched the Heart of the Community program to promote social, economic, and wellness initiatives throughout our communities. This first-of-its-kind program focuses on revitalizing public spaces through the community-based approach of “placemaking,” which is made possible by our partnership with the pioneering nonprofit Project for Public Spaces. Last year,

we supported workshops where residents contributed to transforming underutilized spaces into dynamic gathering spots in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Jacksonville, Florida; Milwaukee; Ft. Myers, Florida; St. Louis; and Portland, Maine. In Portland, residents fought to save a historic town square, now a place filled with music and dancing where the community comes together. (You can read about our St. Louis project on page 104.) Heart of the Community is a signature part of our broader efforts to connect People and strengthen local communities through our charitable giving, core business, and environmental initiatives. We extend our Hearts into these communities in a number of ways, including our primary areas of focus: Volunteerism (more than 145,000 hours in 2015!), Families Facing Serious Illness, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Military and Family Members, Placemaking, and the Environment. We’re also spending a lot of time on the concept of resiliency. Our outreach efforts focus on connecting People and bringing them back together, especially during tragedies or challenging events. We believe the most resilient communities are the ones with the strongest connections. Southwest was built on relationships, so it only makes sense that we would spread our wings as wide as they will go and share our Heart and our Purpose with everyone we meet—both in the air and on the ground.

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Conectando a las Personas y a las Comunidades En total, durante 2015, nuestras donaciones monetarias, en especie y en boletos sumaron más de $19 millones de dólares. Y, si bien nos enorgullece aportar apoyo monetario y boletos para las organizaciones meritorias, también buscamos maneras de involucrarnos personalmente en las causas más importantes para las comunidades en las que servimos. En 2014, lanzamos el programa Corazón de la Comunidad para promover iniciativas sociales, económicas y de bienestar en nuestras comunidades. Este programa –el primero de su tipo– se enfoca en revitalizar espacios públicos a través de un enfoque de placemaking o “creación de lugares”, basado en la comunidad, el cual ha sido posible a través de nuestra asociación con la organización sin fines de lucro pionera en esta materia, Project for Public Spaces. El año pasado apoyamos talleres en los que los residentes contribuyeron a transformar espacios

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While traveling from Nashville to Amarillo, Texas, I lost my iPhone. Despite searching the plane with help from the flight staff, the phone was nowhere to be found. I filed a lost item report online and activated the phone’s lost device features, hoping that if it was found and airplane mode was turned off, I would be contacted. Fortunately, I got a call from a wonderful flight attendant named Patricia Stanford. She had found my phone and figured out how to turn off airplane mode so she could notify me. She was nice enough to overnight the iPhone to me with her own money. To top it off, when I received the phone, I found a few bags of peanuts, pilot wings, a luggage tag, and a certificate for first-time fliers that congratulated my iPhone on its first Southwest flight (along with a note about the connections it had made). Patricia’s sense of humor, thoughtfulness, and willingness to go the extra mile are what make Southwest great. She is the reason I’ll be a Southwest customer for years to come. —Jared Brown HAT STOP

I was traveling to Boise, Idaho, with stops in Kansas City, Missouri, and Oakland, California. My son, Aidan, loves the Royals, especially since they won the World Series last year. I asked if I could get off the plane in K.C. to buy a hat for Aidan, but the layover was too short, so getting off wasn’t possible. Flight attendant Lesly Stephens overheard me say what I wanted to do and offered to go. I was so pleasantly surprised by her willingness to help me. Well, Lesly got the hat, and the next day Aidan was in heaven with his new Royals gear! On what other airline would someone offer to do this? Thank you, SWA! —Kevin Cahill

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My cabin in New Hampshire contains one of my most valued possessions: a pillow my wife, Dorothy, needlepointed for me right after our honeymoon. It says, “SHUT UP AND READ.” I try to follow its wisdom every day, and usually succeed only with the reading part. While “shut up and read” might not make an inspiring campaign for the American Library Association, Dorothy and I thought it might be useful advice when we had kids of our own. Now fully grown, our kids indeed turned out to be great readers. As for the shutting up part, well, let’s just say they both take after me. That pillow really speaks to me these contentious days. While you can find plenty of books telling us how to listen, most of them miss the critical first part: shutting up. This means more than closing our mouths. It also means silencing the voices that shout in our heads whenever we encounter something foreign, distasteful, or against our unchallenged beliefs. On page 54 you can read about Paul Cox, an ethnobotanist who has shut up in strange places, learning new languages and hearing the stories of local healers to find cures for our deadliest diseases. Rather than listen uncritically, he subjects what he hears to rigorous science. True listening, Paul teaches us, requires thinking and testing. People like him who have perfected the difficult art of shutting up strike me as society’s most productive people, and they also seem the most spiritually evolved. Paul, a devout Mormon, finds more than cures in faraway places. He says he also finds the sacred. I like to think that, with enough practice, someday I too can shut up long enough to hear—not just the rowdy lyrics of the human condition but the strange music of the universe.

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Describe what it means to be “hooked.” “When we’re hooked, we treat our emotions as fact, and we let them direct our actions. An example is someone who says, ‘I feel like a fraud, so I may as well shut up.’ As a result, he doesn’t contribute to the conversation at hand.”

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What is emotional agility? “It’s the ability to be with yourself, to be with your inner chatter, to be with your emotions in a way that’s courageous, compassionate, and curious,” says David, author of Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life. “Courageous because some of these emotions require us to face up to our own inadequacies. Compassionate because you have to be able to treat yourself kindly and not be overly critical. And curious because our thoughts and emotions contain

How can we unhook? “Many of us try to unhook from our emotions by bottling—we minimize emotions or try to rationalize them. On the surface, this looks very productive. However, our emotions are one of the core ways we communicate with ourselves, so by casting them aside we shut down an important source of information. In order to truly unhook and become emotionally agile, you have to be able to acknowledge your emotions without being controlled by them.” What else can we do to be more emotionally agile? “Ask yourself, ‘Am I operating from a place of being intentional and connected to what’s truly important to me?’ When your sense of what’s important to you is front and center, you’re less likely to be negatively impacted by what everyone else is doing or saying. I call it ‘walking your why.’” september 2016 southwest 37

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n the parking lot, young women wearing yellow Brazil jerseys danced to the beat of samba drums. My mother and I weaved through the crowd, past families who had traveled thousands of miles to be here. They linked arms and swayed, singing through the warm summer rain. As we walked toward the stadium, then through the gates and into the halls behind the seats, their chants reverberated across the pitch: “Olé, olé olé olé, Brazil! Brazil!” My mom was flustered by the chaos. We’d already gotten lost in a part of the city we never visited, and now I was hurdling puddles, wearing a plastic poncho over the Homer Simpson T-shirt she’d bought me. More than anything, my mother was worried that I’d somehow be disappointed by the day. ILLUSTRATION BY DANIEL FISHEL

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Inside, the Dutch fans had already set up. There were massive flags—big enough to cover seven or eight rows of seats—and men and women marching back and forth in the tunnels with scarves and banners, all wearing the Netherlands’ traditional bright orange and chanting as loud as the Brazilians were singing. Some of them wore oversized curly wigs, also bright orange. It was 1994, I was 13, and I had never seen such a spectacle. This was a World Cup game, a quarterfinal match at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, and as far as I was concerned, it was the most important event in history. I grew up the only child of a single mother, and though my mom worked hard, we didn’t have a lot of money. But knowing soccer was my favorite sport, and knowing World Cup september 2016 southwest 41

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games would be played 40 miles away, she entered a ticket lottery. When her number came up for the quarterfinal, she paid face value: $300 for two seats in the 13th row. This is what we did instead of taking a vacation that year. My mom watched a lot of sports growing up. In the ’50s, she was a Yankees fan and rooted for Roger Maris. In the ’60s, she got into college basketball. Then it was ice hockey. Then boxing. When I was young and watching Mike Tyson saw through his opposition, she had stories about watching Muhammad Ali fight George Foreman, broadcast live from Zaire. “Ali came out with the rope-a-dope,” she explained. “It just wore Foreman out.” Later, after a company she worked for

together—whether it was watching in the living room, or her sitting on the sidelines during games and practices. Even with a tight budget, she always found the money for jerseys or cleats. There were life lessons, of course. Once, when she heard me taunting an opponent in that singsongy voice kids sometimes employ, she immediately stopped it and forced me to apologize. She reminded me often that being

a “sore winner” is just as bad as being a sore loser. She told me that as long as I tried my best, it didn’t matter who won or lost. When I was 10, she started playing an early version of fantasy football with some of the guys from her office. Rosters were filled out with ink and paper and everyone got the stats out of the newspaper, and then translated them into fantasy points. I was fascinated by what seemed like

In the 13 years I played sports, I can count the number of games she missed on one hand. was bought by a firm in St. Louis and she didn’t like the new management, she rooted against all St. Louis teams for years. It’s not clear if I first liked sports because of her, or if she liked sports even more after having a son. On playgrounds and in parks and streets, I played a lot of football and baseball and basketball, but I didn’t like anything as much as I liked soccer. And even if, like most people of her generation, she thought the game was strange and foreign, she recognized the chance to bond. Looking back, I know now that she felt guilty about working long hours. Sports were a way to spend time

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a competition of sports knowledge, and we went over her team together every week. Mondays and Tuesdays in the fall meant folded up newspapers and a legal pad full of scribbled names and numbers, and she’d take hours deliberating her choices. Her two favorite players were Jerry Rice and a high-scoring kicker named Pete Stoyanovich, who went on to become the kicking double in Ace Ventura, Pet Detective. She was typically reserved, calm. Except when a game was on. She’d get so carried away, wincing theatrically when a ball sliced foul; stopping mid-conversation to yell “Get him! Get him!” as a defensive end chased a quarterback; putting both of her little fists in the air and shouting in a startlingly deep voice when our team finally scored. No matter what else was going on in the world, in those moments that’s all there was. As a teenager, I was less fun to watch sports with. I took everything too seriously, and I would sometimes Shhh her during the games.

The soccer field that day looked like the greenest green either of us had ever seen. (Teenagers are not great people; I’ve since apologized.) Still, in the 13 years I played sports, I can count the number of games she missed on one hand. When I went away to college— to the University of Texas—she started rooting for the Longhorns. We talked on the phone every Sunday, and during football season she never failed to mention what she thought of the game that week. When I became a writer, she excitedly followed along, asking all about my encounters with Tim Tebow and J.J. Watt. She bought newspapers and magazines the first day they came out—and awkwardly showed the clerk my byline while explaining that she was my mother. When she got sick last year, I wanted to take care of her the way

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EVERY NIGHT, before Carrie Underwood slips into her concert outfit and readies herself under the arena stage, she kisses her 18-month-old son Isaiah goodnight and puts him to bed. Once she grabs ahold of the mic—in Chicago or Phoenix or Kansas City or Houston—she looks out at the sea of fans, their screams a welcoming symphony, and kicks things into gear with “Renegade Runaway.” But first, she has to talk herself up in order to “get out on stage and be Carrie Underwood.” “When the lights go down, and everybody is cheering, and I’m underneath the stage, standing on the lift, I definitely get an adrenaline rush,” she says. “I like knowing numbers, so I’ll tell myself, ‘16,000 people came out here tonight. They paid their hard-earned money. They’re here, they’re excited, and you’ve got this.’ I talk myself up so that when the lights are on me, I’m off to a running start.”

Carrie has played more than 500 shows since winning American Idol in 2005, so it would seem she has officially got this. And yet, she’s still very much that quiet girl from Checotah, Oklahoma, who needs a pep talk before she can be the star of her own sold-out concerts. On this year’s Storyteller tour, she’s making close to 100 stops in nearly 100 cities, but her roots as a performer go all the way back to singing in church at 3 years old. She’s played every kind of stage, from the 10-by-10 wooden platforms of county fairs to the center stages of the arenas she frequents today. In between, there have also been laid-back amphitheaters where she tells stories and connects one-on-one with fans. (Although, she admits, a rowdy arena crowd feeding her 90 minutes of energy is good for her soul.) The gift she has for making any stage feel like home comes from singing in church choirs and school plays, and when

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“I was always the entertainment. At family reunions, my parents were always so proud —almost embarrassingly so— and they’d be like, ‘Carrie, sing.’ That all helped get me used to being in front of people.”

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she joined a band as a teenager, playing bars in nearby Fort Smith, Arkansas (her mom shuttled her the hour each way). Her live shows now pull something from every single one of those performances. “I don’t necessarily remember the first time I took a stage, because I was always the entertainment. At family reunions, my parents were always so proud—almost embarrassingly so—and they’d be like, ‘Carrie, sing.’ That all helped get me used to being in front of people.” Once she’d honed her craft, she did some time on the fair and fest circuit. When she was around 15, the Underwoods would joke that Carrie opened for superstar country band Diamond Rio at a fest

in Arkansas. “But I totally didn’t open for Diamond Rio. I’d go on at noon and they’d play that night.” Her only pre-show ritual back then was to climb into the ruffled satin skirt and vest her mother sewed for her (and cowgirl boots—there were always cowgirl boots), and then curl her blond hair until she had a head full of uniform ringlets. Now that she’s older, a little wiser, all she insists on is a goodnight kiss from Isaiah and a backstage prayer with her band every night. During those early years, Carrie was doing more than just blossoming into a country singer. She was turning into a genuine country fan. She saw her first concert—Alan Jackson and Faith Hill at a fair—when she was 10. Next came a handful of shows by Bryan White, a fellow Okie who peaked in the mid ’90s, right when she was learning what it meant to really get behind an artist. “I was a member of his fan club … I had the posters, I had a membership card, I had a pillowcase. I’m pretty sure that pillowcase is still floating around some place.” With her touring schedule, it’s tough to find time to fangirl like she used to. But in the past few years she’s managed to catch Garth Brooks, Coldplay, Bon Jovi, and Keith Urban. Her pillowcase days are likely behind her, though. Instead, she’s turned her affection elsewhere. Her baby Isaiah, often rocking his Carrie Underwood All Access T-shirt, will be on the road with her through November. Just like other parents, her Instagram is filled with his every move—Isaiah watching Disney cartoons, Isaiah snuggling on the tour bus, Isaiah asleep in the studio with his dad (the Nashville Predators’ Mike Fisher). And like those other parents, Carrie is always searching for that elusive, perfect balance. “I want to be a great mom, a great artist, and a great entertainer. We’re all about trying to figure it out,” she says, “and make sure that nothing is suffering.”

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morrison, colorado Since 1941, Red Rocks has considered Mother Nature its architect, for it was she who put this acoustic wonder together at 6,450 feet above sea level. Wear shoes comfortable enough for a little climbing. ENCORE Drive up to

Golden and order a Fat Randy’s IPA at Holidaily Brewing Co., the state’s lone gluten-free brewery.

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Only 600 people can attend each show, because that’s all the Volcano Chamber can hold. Softly lit by an antique crystal chandelier, these mountain music concerts go down in the Cumberland Caverns, 333 feet below the surface. What’s unearthed is some of the purest bluegrass around. encore If you’re in town on a Saturday, check out Mud Bums for the low-country boil.

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The music here can bring you a little closer to the Lord: The Ryman was built in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle. Every show is made a bit more colorful due to light filtering through the stained glass windows, and you’ll find your seat in an honestto-God church pew.

Come armed for a picnic. The lawn at this gem on Chicago’s coveted north shore holds about 13,000 people, who flock to see a wide range of music, from Lauryn Hill and John Fogerty to a Winnie the Pooh kids concert series. The venue sits in a wooded area, and speakers and lights are nestled into the trees, so you'll relish every note.

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How’s this for homework? Designed by architecture students at Virginia Tech University, the venue's seating is woven into the landscape, and the metal-clad acoustic shell arching across the stage was sculpted to project sound. encore In Covington, take an Insta-worthy shot at the LOVEwork art installation at Humpback Bridge. GRANADA THEATER

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You’ll find it hard to believe this legendary 1946 Art Deco building got its start as a movie house, because the stage seems built for sound. And the plush seats mean you can enjoy the show— and cocktails— in total comfort.

The result of modern sound engineering harmonizing with a 90-year-old landmark, the Eagles Ballroom at the Rave—in the heart of the oft-overlooked Milwaukee music scene—boasts a 25,000-square-foot oval wooden dance floor and a stunning domed ceiling to match.

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Smack in the middle of downtown, this 1857 railroad storage depot has been renovated and reimagined for fans of hip hop, rock, reggae, country, and everything in between. It’s standing room only, but underage guests are welcome, so bring the whole family.

You know what pairs nicely with wine? Acoustic guitars. The naturally stunning performance space at this northern California winery attracts classic A-list artists like Diana Ross and Jackson Browne, and the white tablecloth sunset dinners on the lawn aren’t bad either.

encore Check in at the legendary Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel, or at least grab a drink in its Fountain Courtyard.

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flying foxes, caribbean monkeys, a tiny laboratory in a wyoming cabin, and a young

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arrived alone on the remote Samoan island of Savaii when he was all of 19 years old. a devout mormon sent by the church on a mission, he settled in Fatuvalu, a traditional village on the northern coast with fewer than 200 people. One day, a high chief named Aumalosi came to visit from nearby Letui village. The chief, who didn’t speak English, sat down in Paul’s hut and began uttering what seemed like strange noises, breaking down the Samoan language syllable by syllable and gesturing for Paul to repeat them. The chief came back day after day, month after month, walking the 4 miles each way, and the syllables turned into long passages. Paul learned that Aumalosi was reciting local proverbs and excerpts of speeches from high chiefs. One afternoon when Aumalosi arrived at Paul’s hut, the young American was prone on his mat, very sick. By then, Paul could speak enough Samoan to apologize for being unable to do the lesson. “I did not come for the lesson,” Aumalosi replied. He emptied the contents of a woven coconut-leaf basket onto the mat: condensed milk, tinned peaches, gingersnap cookies, and other imported delicacies. “Perhaps you are sick because you are not used to our food,” he said. Aumalosi had gone to the local district store and spent all his money on food the American could eat. “I have spent much of the last 40 years trying to pay back the contents of that coconut basket,” Paul, now 63, says. The unorthodox path inspired by this quest includes—incongruously—establishing a national park, launching a cosmetics line,* line, and earning international acclaim for his contributions to medicine. Paul left Samoa after two years and returned to his studies at Brigham Young University, graduating valedictorian with a degree in philosophy and botany. He went on to earn degrees in ecology and biology at the University of Wales and Harvard (where he also twice won the Bowdoin Prize for essay writing, a feat earlier accomplished by Ralph Waldo Emerson). While at Harvard, a professor recognized Paul’s unusual background and

Paul struck a deal with NuSkin to produce cosmetics (plant oils for skin care, mostly) based on indigenous knowledge. Proceeds go to his nonprofit, Seacology.

encouraged him to pursue ethnobotany, a field that requires expertise in plant science, anthropology, and languages (along with the faith that people who have lived off the same land for thousands of years must know something about their environment). Quickly becoming a star in the field, he taught for 14 years at BYU, until the king of Sweden appointed him to a prestigious chair at Uppsala University. Today he makes his home in Jackson, Wyoming, where he and his team at the Institute for EthnoMedicine conduct groundbreaking research in an unassuming residential cabin. When I visited in April, I watched Paul speak snippets of Mandarin to a pair of Taiwanese tourists, and Spanish to a Mexican waiter. He interpreted an unreleased Swedish documentary film and explained the Samoan concept of time using snatches of Samoan phrases. When I asked how many languages he speaks, he lost count past a dozen or so, and then he told a story. He was working with the Minangkabau hill tribes in Indonesia, trying to learn their language, when a group took him to the place where their ancestral queen lived. In his best Minangkabauan he told them, “Surely your queen had a beautiful palace.” Suddenly, everybody was laughing; one guy was hyperventilating. It turns out he had complimented the ancient queen on her private parts. “No matter what language

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Paul (center) and his team at their cabin in Jackson, Wyoming. From left: James Metcalf, Rachael Dunlop, Sandra Banack, and James Powell.

it is, I always screw up,” he says. When visiting indigenous people for the first time, Paul believes, you should assume the role of a puppy that just made a mess on the rug. “The second we walk into a village we’re messing up their culture. We just don’t understand it. But people don’t kill the puppy that soiled the carpet. They teach it.” In 1985, back in Samoa doing research, Paul watched as a healer brewed a tea from the bark of the mamala tree and used it to treat hepatitis. Paul sent the tea to researchers at the National Cancer Institute, who found that its powerful antiviral qualities could relieve the infection in T-cells. It PHOTOGRAPHY BY LINDSAY LINTON

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This was the origin of Paul’s nonprofit, Seacology. Years later, supermodel Christie Brinkley held a fundraiser for him in New York. Afterward, paparazzi appeared. “I’m really sorry,” Paul told her. “These guys follow ethnobotanists everywhere.”

became one of the leading drugs used to treat HIV/ AIDS, and Paul negotiated a deal to ensure that part of the profits go to the Samoan people. He then worked with the U.S. Congress and the government of American Samoa to create the United States’ 50th national park. Later, he brought his wife and four young children to Samoa. They stayed for a year, living without plumbing or electricity in a fale, or thatch hut. They were supposed to blend in, but while they were there the villagers faced a terrible dilemma: The government required the island to build a new school, whose construction would cost $50,000. The only way to pay for the school was to sell their 30,000-acre forest to loggers. Paul convinced the chiefs to halt the logging while he made a quick trip back to the States to raise the money. The school was built, the forest preserved.* preserved. Much to his dismay, the grateful people of september 2016 southwest 57

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Savaii declared him a chief, a title that comes with the name Nafanua, after a goddess who first saved the island’s forests. Objective ethnobotanists aren’t supposed to get themselves declared chiefs, any more than faithful Mormons are supposed to be given the names of goddesses. But Paul has defied convention at every turn. In 1997, the Nafanua published a page-turning book about the experience titled, appropriately, Nafanua. That same year he was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, known as the “Green Nobel,” and TIME named him one of its 11 “Heroes of Medicine.” Still, the biggest challenge of his career lay ahead.

The Poison That Gave Us Air

For decades, researchers had been flummoxed by a deadly illness suffered by as many as a quarter of the Chamorro people of Guam. Shortly after World War II, doctors began reporting that the people were coming down with a strange combination of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease). The Chamorros themselves called it lytico-bodig, “listless paralysis.” They were suffering at a rate up to a hundred times higher than the rate of ALS elsewhere. Neurologists tried for five decades to identify the cause, ruling out genetics. When Paul learned of the disease, he immediately thought of a possible trigger: flying foxes, giant fruit bats with wing spans reaching up to 5 feet. (Paul had studied their role in pollinating rain forests for his doctoral dissertation at Harvard.) He knew that they inhabited the island of Guam; that the bats eat vast quantities of seeds from cycads, a tropical plant that dates back to the dinosaurs; and that natives of the Pacific islands have been eating these bats for millennia. Perhaps a toxin in those seeds was bioaccumulating, building up in

the bats the way pesticides do in the environment. Neurologists hadn’t explored this relationship, so Paul did what comes naturally: He and two other scientists, Sandra Banack and Susan Murch, flew to Guam and talked to the Chamorros themselves. They wrote the names of local foods on 3-by-5 cards, and then asked the interviewees to sort the cards in order of their favorites. Flying foxes consistently landed at the top of the pile. Not only did the people eat bats, they said they were delicious. For centuries, the bats had been a sustainable food, until Americans came to Guam after the war, bringing guns. Since the bats have no natural predators, they simply circled their home tree when startled by gunfire, making them easy to pick off. The Chamorros started consuming them in such numbers that soon the bats began to disappear. Paul and his colleagues suspected that the flying foxes themselves weren’t to blame for the high rates of disease. The real source, they thought, lay in what the bats were eating. Cycad seeds contain high concentrations of an amino acid called BMAA, produced by cyanobacteria within the plant’s roots. Also known as blue-green algae, cyanobacteria have been around 3.5 billion years, growing in deserts, oceans, lakes, and even in some car radiators and air conditioning filters. They’re probably the chief reason our atmosphere changed two billion years ago, in what scientists grandly call the Great Oxygenation Event, enabling the evolution of oxygen-breathing species like flying foxes and humans. But BMAA is also a potent neurotoxin; if taken in massive amounts, it can cause paralysis or death, while the more insidious effects happen slowly. To begin at the beginning of the food chain, it goes like this: The cycads live in synergy with cyanobacteria in the roots. Cyanobacteria produce BMAA, which gets taken up in the cycad seeds. Bats eat the

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seeds, concentrating the BMAA. Chamorros eat the bats. Still: How could BMAA cause lytico-bodig? As the bats vanished from Guam, the Chamorros began importing them from other islands. These imported bats, they confided to Sandra Banack, didn’t taste as good—nor did they contain high levels of BMAA. A decade or two after the native bats began declining, so did the disease. Paul and Sandra reasoned that BMAA was causing a slow breakdown in the proteins of the central nervous system. Analysis of victims’ brain and nerve tissues had revealed the exact same defects as victims of ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s, including tangled-up proteins. (Medical researchers call them “tangle diseases,” and they’re related to a host of incurable neuronal ailments, including Lewy body dementia, Pick’s disease, and supranuclear palsy.) If the scientists could isolate the process behind lytico-bodig, then they just might find a hint at a remedy for one of them. Possibly even all of them.

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As a boy, Paul grew up hiking and climbing in the wilds of the American West. His grandfather was a lifelong conservationist; his mother a fisheries biologist and administrator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; his father a U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent, national park ranger, and state park superintendent. Paul was so taken by the wilderness that his childhood hero was Glenn Exum, the legendary climber who pioneered a route—now called the Exum Ridge—up part of the Grand Teton in Wyoming. One of Paul’s favorite stories: While charting a course through the mountains, Exum reached a spot where he couldn’t descend safely, and where the only move he could make was a leap to an uncertain hold. In other words, a leap

of faith. “It’s a trope I think of a lot,” Paul says today. “I work with a lowpercent odds of success.” Following the revelations in Guam, Paul and his colleagues collaborated with Australian researchers and discovered that BMAA displaces a key amino acid, L-serine, in nerve proteins. Paul wondered if L-serine—a natural component of sweet potatoes, tofu, and even bacon—could offer some sort of clue. So he traveled to a place that was free of tangle diseases and met directly with the people. The villagers of Ogimi, on the Japanese island of Okinawa, boast a higher percentage of centenarians than anywhere else in the world. (“Hundred-year-old women walking as gracefully as ballerinas,” Paul says.) He learned that their diet, based on tofu and seaweed, contained extraordinary doses of L-serine. He seemed to be on the right track, but lithe centenarians don’t actually prove anything. Cue the monkeys. Outnumbering people on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, vervet monkeys were introduced from Africa by slavers several centuries ago. A biomedical facility on the island maintains monkeys for research, and Paul’s team organized a study to examine the effects of BMAA and L-serine. For 44 days, a group of vervets received bananas after their regular meal. Some of the fruit contained BMAA, some L-serine, some BMAA with L-serine, and some contained rice flour as a control. After 140 days, tissue samples from the monkeys’ brains and central nervous systems got sent to the Brain Endowment Bank at the University of Miami’s School of Medicine. Sure enough, the tissues with the BMAAfed monkeys revealed brain tangles and beta-amyloid plaques, sticky gunk formed from the membranes around destroyed nerve cells—classic hallmarks of Alzheimer’s. “I was speechless,” Paul says. What’s more, the vervets given L-serine and BMAA showed just half the symptoms of

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the monkeys given BMAA alone. The team repeated the experiment with twice the monkeys and got the same result. What they saw in the slides looked exactly like the brain tissue of the Chamorro patients. “Our sense was that this disease might represent a neurological Rosetta Stone,” Paul says. “And if we could figure out what was going on in this village, you might get a deep understanding of the diseases.” All of the tangle diseases are characterized by “misfolding” proteins in the nerve cells—the proteins tau and amyloid for Alzheimer’s, and other proteins for each of the other neuronal diseases. So in other words, by figuring out just one disease—learning what caused the protein to misfold—they might learn the mechanism behind the misfolding proteins in the other diseases. Thus, the vervet slides showing misfolded tau—a sure sign of Alzheimer’s—was their Rosetta Stone. They could see it on the molecular level. BMAA was homing in on the proteins, swapping itself for one of the 20 amino acids

In our culture, doctors think of the body as a machine. But what if the illness is the machine? and killing the nerve cells. And that amino acid is L-serine. Why L-serine in the diets of vervets and Okinawans seems to slow or stop the misfolding remains a mystery. (Fruit flies given BMAA become paralyzed, while they’re more likely to remain normal if given L-serine.) One possibility is a

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flooding-the-field hypothesis: Plentiful L-serine in the blood increases the odds that that amino acid, rather than BMAA, will get inserted into the protein. Paul thinks another phenomenon may be at play: L-serine somehow sends up an alert, serving as a kind of vaccine.

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Different people have different paradigms for illness, Paul says. And our own paradigms tend to change. In Fiji, you may be sick because you failed to respect your ancestors. In Samoa, maybe you’re not getting along with your family, or maybe you’re angry about something and it’s affecting your health. In our culture, doctors and researchers like to think about the body as a machine. A disease is a kind of malfunction of that machine, so you cure the disease by fixing the machine. This paradigm may help explain medical science’s focus on genetics. Our genes are considered our software, our DNA like the programming in a highly advanced Google car. Understand the code and you can understand a problem with the machine. But what if our body isn’t a machine? A real machine is relatively predictable. Take one that makes gummy bears in a candy factory. It bangs out one identical gummy bear after another; the manufacturer can predict even the tiniest variability in size and weight. Our bodies are not like that. We’re unpredictable. Besides, Paul says, “Other cultures don’t have this reductionist view of our souls being separate from our bodies.” He believes the soul is not a line of code. “So,” he says, “I decided that neurodegenerative illnesses are not malfunctions of the machine. They are the machine.” After all, each disease tends to do exactly the same thing to the protein in nerve cells, over and over. Then he thought: What if

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we could disrupt those machines? He points out that most researchers believe that Alzheimer’s is caused by beta amyloid, the main ingredient in the plaques that form in patients’ brains. A minority say that the disease is caused by tau, the protein that collapses into tangles. “What if they’re both wrong?” Paul asks. “What if this neuropathology is not the cause, but the symptom?” In other words, what if the tangle

diseases involved a gene-environment interaction that caused a switch to be turned on or off ? Imagine, say, BMAA turning the switch on, causing a cascade of disruptions in the nerve protein, and L-serine turns the switch off. Imagine if a lifetime diet of L-serine, like that of the Ogimi residents in Okinawa, caused the switch to stick permanently in the off position, and you never get the disease?

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After Paul’s group began publishing their findings, he heard from a leading ALS researcher at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine. Elijah Stommel had discovered that a disproportionate number of patients lived on a New Hampshire lake that, like many bodies of water around the world, contained blooms of bluegreen algae—cyanobacteria. Other researchers began reporting clusters in Biscayne Bay, off Miami, and among oyster farmers in France. In one scene from the Swedish documentary film that Paul showed me in Jackson, he stands in the stark white desert of Qatar with a canteen. He pours some water onto the ground and— voila!—a blue-green circle of BMAA-packed cyanobacteria appears. As the Earth’s climate changes, scientists say warmthloving blue-green algal blooms are becoming increasingly common. Pollution and fertilizer runoff also cause the blooms, fuzzy clumps you can pull out of the water. And as the blooms increase, so do the rates of neuronal diseases. Evidence is mounting that patients’ genes are interacting with the environment to trigger these diseases. Each of us has a genetic makeup that helps predict the diseases we may suffer from, so most research gets directed at determining which of those genes are involved in which diseases. Several individual genes have already been implicated in ALS. The problem is, genes aren’t the only factor. In fact, 90 percent of ALS patients have no family connection to the disease. Besides, genes are not fate. Elements in the environment can

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Back to School with Southwest

SWA Cargo gets you ready for class. Like many families across the country, you might have recently completed your annual back-to-school shopping trip. But even if you participated in this busy time for retailers, you might still be surprised to learn that the aircraft you’re on played a major role in helping students prepare for the school year. Southwest’s Cargo Teams have transported everything from laptops and classroom supplies to clothing that’s fit for the first day of school. They take pride in knowing that retailers and freight forwarders have come to expect—and depend on—their reliable service. (And, of course, our Cargo Teams are equally proud to play a small part in our Customers’ success.) “Our Teams work hard to showcase

their commitment to our Cargo Customers by exceeding expectations through our world-renowned Hospitality, Customer Service, and reliable service,” says Matt Buckley, Southwest’s Vice President of Cargo & Charters. When you choose Southwest Cargo to ship your products, you can expect the same Customer Service that you count on as a passenger. Our Teams refuse to deliver anything less than the stellar Hospitality and reliability that consistently earn industry recognition. What’s next for our Cargo Teams? The upcoming holiday season. That shopping stretch might not officially start until November, but we’re already working to ensure merchandise is in place by the time you hit your favorite stores. It truly takes a Warrior Spirit to gear up for these shopping seasons, but don’t worry: We’re up to the challenge. To learn more about Southwest Cargo, visit swacargo.com. —Dan Landson

PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHEN KELLER

Southwest’s Cargo Teams always go the extra mile for their Customers.

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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

Inflight Entertainment

Permitted Pueden usarse dentro del avión

Permitted

Wifi

Always Permitted

Never Permitted

Smart Phones

Pacemakers

Two-Way Radios

Tablets or E-readers

Hearing Aids

Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Devices

Small portable electronic devices (PEDs) such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones weighing less than Wifi Entertainment 2 poundsInflight may be used in AIRPLANE Inflight Entertainment 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 Wifi in clothing or a seatback pocket. Devices andWifiaccessories may not block Movies 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 Movies landing. It is recommended that laptops be placed in a case when stowed Messaging Movies under the seat. On international flights, all PEDs must be turned off during taxi, takeoff, and landing at airports outside the U.S. and its territories. Please use Messaging headphones for all audio and video. Siempre puedes usar dispositivos elecInflight Entertainment trónicos portátiles y pequeños (PEDs) Messaging TV tales como tabletas, lectores electrónicos y teléfonos inteligentes que pesen menos de 2 libras TV en modo AVIÓN en los vuelos domésticos, excepto si un

Movies

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Digital Cameras Cámaras Electronic Cigarettes and digitales Smoking Devices

Hearing Aids Laptop Computers

Bluetooth Devices Remote-Controlled Toys Dispositivos Bluetooth

GPS Receivers GPS

Laptop Computers Laptop Computers Computadoras Permitted Flight Service portátiles Laptop Computers

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NFL Redzone

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Hand-Held Never Permitted Electronic Remote-Controlled Toys Games Juegos electrónicos Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers portátiles

Pacemakers

Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers

Two-Way Radios

Always Permitted Pueden usarse en todo momento dentro del avión Permitted Inflight Entertainment

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NFL Redzone

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

Miembro de la Tripulación indica lo contrario. Puedes tener un PED pequeño en la mano, llevarlo encima, en la Permitted Service Flight ropa o en un bolsillo en el respaldo Flight Service del asiento. Los dispositivos y accesorios no pueden bloquear el acceso al pasillo. Los PEDs grandes como computadoras portátiles que pesen 2 libras Permitted Always Permitted o más deben de ser guardados debajo del asiento o en los compartimentos Smart Phones Permitted Always Permitted superiores mientras el avión avanza

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Smoking Devices Laptop Computers TV Tablets or E-readers Hearing Aids We understand you may want to document your travel on Southwest Airlines. Want to photograph and/or Permitted Always Permitted record Southwest Airlines Customers or Employees? Movies Let them knowFlight first! The use of cameras and mobile Tablets or E-readers Messaging Service devices is permitted onboard to capture personal Remote-Controlled Toys events but can never interfere with the safety of a flight and should always respect others’ privacy.

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Two-Way Radios (Walkie-Talkies) or Scanners Radios emisores/receptores (walkie-talkies)

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Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers Televisión o radios de AM/ FM

RemoteControlled Toys Juguetes de control remoto

Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers

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. DISABILITY ASSISTANCE Southwest Airlines offers assistance to Customers with disabilities upon request. Southwest Airlines siempre ofrece asistencia para sus Clientes con discapacidades que así lo soliciten. 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 (coo por ejemplo “defensores de rodillas” o mantas portabebés) no pueden sujetarse a ninguna parte de la aeronave.

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A Grand Revival

Steeped in history, St. Louis’ Strauss Park gets a new look. Across from the Fox Theatre in St. Louis is a quaint urban park named for 1970s redevelopment pioneer Leon Strauss. Despite its location in the heart of Grand Center, the city’s arts and cultural district, Strauss Park was a quiet and easily overlooked public space for years. But thanks to a Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grant, the park has become a bustling center of community activity. Home to a thriving theater district in the early 20th century, Grand Center fell into eventual disrepair after World War II. In 1981, Strauss and several business partners formed Fox Associates in order to purchase, renovate, and reopen the Fabulous Fox Theatre to the public. Thanks to Strauss and his team, the area now houses more than 40 world-class arts and cultural organizations that have brought new life both to the neighborhood and the city. The Heart of the Community grant has helped us expand on this work and create a place where people can connect with the vibrant arts scene in

Grand Center. We started by bringing together business owners, representatives of area organizations, and residents to talk about what the park could be. Based on their ideas, we’ve designed a space where new entry paths and landscaping invite in visitors and locals, while colorful, comfortable seating encourages them to linger. Our music and dance performers now have an extended stage area that also serves as a place to sit and relax. Since the rededication of Strauss Park in June, it has been the perfect venue for music festivals, jam sessions, picnics, and simply enjoying the outdoors. We like to think that Leon Strauss would be proud of what’s happening in the park that bears his name— and that he’d see every connection, collaboration, and celebration taking place as another step in fulfilling his vision for St. Louis. —Michelle Stevens, Vice President for Grand Center Inc. In 2014, Southwest launched the Heart of the Community program, which awards grants to create public spaces in the hearts of communities served by the airline. To date, the program has supported 18 innovative and transformative projects. To learn more, visit pps. org/Heart-of-the-Community.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DIANE ANDERSON

New activities and landscaping at Strauss Park have prompted an influx of excited visitors.

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International Travel & Beverages

Customs & 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

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.

Signature

CBP Form 6059B (04/14)

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

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:

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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.

Liquor $5

3

Customs Declaration

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

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

• • • •

Dewar’s® Scotch Jack Daniel’s® Wild Turkey® Tanqueray® Gin

Beer $5 • Bud Light® • Miller Lite® • Dos Equis® Special Lager • Leinenkugel’s® Oktoberfest • Fat Tire®

• • • •

Bacardi® Rum Baileys® Irish Cream Finlandia® Vodka Sauza® Gold Tequila

Wine $5 • Hacienda Chardonnay • Carmenet Cabernet Sauvignon

$

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.

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 • Community® coffee • Community® decaf instant coffee • Tea • Hot Chocolate • Noncarbonated Purified Drinking Water * 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.

Connect to Southwest WiFi MAC

PC

1. Click the WiFi icon.

MAC

PC

2. Select SouthwestWiFi from the list of WiFi networks by clicking on it and confirm connection.

Launch the entertainment portal

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

PC

3. Open your preferred Web browser. MAC & PC

MAC & PC

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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Turn check-in time into tee time. With EarlyBird, we’ll take care of check-in for you. All EarlyBird Check-InŽ purchases are nonrefundable. Purchasers are automatically checked in 36 hours in advance and can obtain their boarding position within 24 hours. Customer must retrieve boarding pass and be present in the gate area ten minutes prior to departure or reservations may be cancelled. Learn more at Southwest.com/earlybird.

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Rapid Rewards

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!

A-List tier benefits

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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 Earn Companion Pass and you can choose one person to fly free*** with you for an entire year! ***Does not include taxes and fees from $5.60 one-way.

Enroll now

Earn even faster with the Rapid Rewards Credit Card. Premier Card Exclusive Benefits: • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest Airlines® and Rapid Rewards® Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases. • Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. • Earn 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/inflight to learn more. Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Visa Credit Cards are issued by Chase Bank USA, N.A. Accounts subject to credit approval. Restrictions and limitations apply. Offer subject to change. See Southwest.com/inflight for pricing and rewards details. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/rrterms.

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. ©2016 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?

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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)

Los Angeles (LAX)

Orlando (MCO)

Domestic North Terminal and International Terminal

Main Terminal, between Concourses A and C

Main Terminal

Main Terminal

Main Terminal

Terminal 2 (International) and Terminal 1 (Domestic)

Terminal A

DOMESTIC DEPARTURES

Concourse C

Concourses A, B, and C

Concourses A and B

Concourse C

Central Concourse and West Concourse

Terminal 1

Airside 2

INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES

Concourse C

Concourses A, B, and C

Concourses A and B

Concourse C

Central Concourse and West Concourse

Terminal 2

Airside 2

TICKET COUNTERS

INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS

RECHECK LOCATION

From Nassau and Oranjestad: Concourse C From other destinations: Concourse F

Concourse F

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

From Montego Bay: Airside 1 or 4 Concourse A

Concourse A

West Concourse

Terminal 2

Concourse A, lower level

Main Terminal

Main Terminal, lower level

Lower level outside of Customs

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

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

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

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)

International Arrivals Upper Level

Lower Level Upper Level

Upper Level Upper Level

Lower Level

West Concourse

Lower Level

Upper Level Lower Level

Main Terminal Central Concourse

Denver International Airport (DEN)

Midway International Airport (MDW) Lower Level

Main Terminal

Level 5

Level 5 Level 6

Level 6

Main Terminal

Lower Level

Level 5

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Route Map

Where We Fly PACIFIC TIME

MOUNTAIN TIME

SEATTLE/TACOMA

CENTRAL TIME

SPOKANE

PORTLAND

BOISE

MINNEAPOLIS/ ST. PAUL

GRAND RAPIDS MILWAUKEE

RENO/TAHOE

DES MOINES

SALT LAKE CITY

SACRAMENTO OAKLAND SAN FRANCISCO (SFO) SAN JOSE

CHICAGO (MIDWAY)

OMAHA INDIANAPOLIS DAYTON

DENVER KANSAS CITY

ST. LOUIS

LOUISVILLE

LAS VEGAS WICHITA BURBANK LOS ANGELES (LAX) LONG BEACH

ONTARIO

ALBUQUERQUE

ORANGE COUNTY

NASHVILLE TULSA

AMARILLO

SAN DIEGO

OKLAHOMA CITY PHOENIX

LITTLE ROCK

LUBBOCK

TUCSON

MEMPHIS

BIRMINGHAM DALLAS (LOVE FIELD)

EL PASO

MIDLAND/ODESSA

AUSTIN HOUSTON (HOBBY) SAN ANTONIO

PENSACOLA

NEW ORLEANS

CORPUS CHRISTI

HARLINGEN/SOUTH PADRE ISLAND

CABO SAN LUCAS/LOS CABOS

CANCÚ CANC ÚN PUERTO VALLARTA

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, 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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BOSTON LOGAN PROVIDENCE HARTFORD/SPRINGFIELD

PHILADELPHIA

PITTSBURGH

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RICHMOND NORFOLK/VIRGINIA BEACH

RALEIGH/DURHAM CHARLOTTE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG

ATLANTA

PANAMA CITY BEACH

CHARLESTON

JACKSONVILLE ORLANDO

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