From the Huffington Post yesterday:

Forget in-air proposals and Kanye rapping, this might be the best in-air stunt ever. On a Southwest flight from San Francisco to San Diego on March 12th, a group from SeaWorld was transporting penguins to a convention in the southern California city and decided to let them have a little free time while mid-air. An in-air tutorial on the adorable species continued over the plane’s loud speaker as the penguins took over the flight.

That’s the official story. But I’m convinced Southwest got rid of its flight attendants and put the little guy to work. Look closely and you’ll see him tell one guy to put up his tray table…

Update 3:23 p.m. Still on the penguin beat. Here are some time-lapsed photos of a penguin aisle-walk, plus a blog post about the flight.

Video: Penguin on a Plane 16 March,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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