Television viewers get a glimpse into the days of Southwest Airlines employees and passengers at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) with the premiere of On the Fly last Thursday on TLC.
, as well as other airports across the country.
"On the Fly gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the large-scale operations and personal customer stories at Southwest Airlines," according to the show's website. "Each episode introduces viewers to Southwest Airlines employees who must think on their feet as they cope with weather delays, irate passengers and more surprising situations. On the Fly offers a look at the dramatic and uplifting moments that occur while flying the largest domestic airline in the U.S."
A four-person crew was typically in the airport five days a week, gathering footage for the show through March.
Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik wrote that while much of the show is an advertisement for the airline, some area viewers may tune in because BWI plays a prominent role.
In 2004, A&E aired a reality show called Airline that focused on the lives of Southwest employees and passengers.