Mid-Air Concerts Not Music to Some Flyers' Ears

Southwest announces new deal for in-flight performances
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2017 7:19 PM CDT
Southwest Announces New Mid-Flight Concerts
Southwest Airlines announced a new partnership with Warner Music Nashville this week that will see country musicians perform surprise concerts in the middle of some flights.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

It's a good thing people aren't prone to panic, frustration, and anger when it comes to air travel. The Current reports Southwest Airlines and Warner Music Nashville announced a new deal this week that will see country musicians performing in-air concerts during some Southwest flights. And if that sounds like a nightmare at 20,000 feet to you, you aren't alone. "I know everyone's piling on Southwest about in-flight concerts, but one small point: it would be the greatest evil the world has ever known," reads one tweet. Another Twitter user adds: "i want to listen to a Man yodeling while i am trapped inside of a Huge metal bird !!!!!!!!!! Yes !!!! give it to me southwest airlines !!!!"

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Southwest will only hold 20 mid-flight concerts per year—meaning less than 0.002% of all flights will feature live music. And the airline has actually been hosting occasional in-air concerts since 2011, according to Billboard, which states: "Passengers hope that their flight will be one of the lucky ones to feature a sure-to-go-viral performance." This appears to be one of those agree-to-disagree situations. (More Southwest Airlines stories.)

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