Have you ever been in such a rush that you literally leave your heart behind on your passenger flight? No? Just me?
The Seattle Times is reporting that Flight 3606 to Dallas was in the middle of a layover in Seattle, and a passenger forgot to take their actual human heart with them before the plane left. They were in the air over Idaho when the captain announced that they would be turning back.
Southwest Airlines says a Dallas-bound flight returned to Seattle last weekend because a human heart had been left onboard. https://t.co/G4wxzdpxPg
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 13, 2018
A Southwest Airlines flight headed for Dallas had to return to Seattle when someone at the airport realized their team forgot to unload a human heart from an earlier flight https://t.co/V4HSwzQpzU
— Paige Cornwell (@pgcornwell) December 13, 2018
Man, and here I was bummed about leaving my leftovers at a restaurant last night. https://t.co/NxZ9NY4ZUe
— Nick Kosmider (@NickKosmider) December 13, 2018
The heart was reportedly headed to a Seattle tissue processor so it could be used for a future donation, but organs have a limited shelf life. Therefore, the heart was a time-sensitive package, which is why the flight needed to turn back.
1953: “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”.
2018: “I Left My Heart on Southwest Airlines Flight 3606” https://t.co/XWFef2rWpU
— Ben Brockert (@wikkit) December 13, 2018
A Southwest flight had to return to Sea-Tac after someone at the airport realized their team forgot to unload a human heart from an earlier flight. https://t.co/SL3fFsF7e3
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) December 13, 2018
The saga wasn’t over, though. According to passengers, the airline then had an “unrelated technical issue,” so they were forced to deplane in Seattle and wait for a new plane and crew.
It took them seven more hours to finally make it to Dallas.
“Once on the ground, passengers were also told to deplane — the aircraft had an unrelated mechanical issue, Landson said.”
Wow. A blessing in diguise for these already airborne passengers — someone’s literal heart maybe saved hundreds of lives? #ChristmasMiracle
— Daniel Evans (@DanielRyanEvans) December 13, 2018
"oh I was in Seattle. But my heart was in Dallas."
"aww you love Dallas that much?"
"no literally. I needed a heart transplant. They forgot to unload it."
— NintendoEntertainmentTelevision (@louistoise) December 13, 2018
I left my @Bose headphones on a flight– I'll trade back my heart
— CKez® (@ckeznor) December 13, 2018
Does anyone know if the heart got double miles? I know @SouthwestAir calls itself 'the airline with heart' but this is taking it to the extreme. ❤💛💙
— Ray Sharradh (@RaySharradh) December 13, 2018
Still, the heart made it in time to be used.
Did the Huntsman leave it behind when he went to see the White Queen?
— Dr. RagnaRockIt (@Natural_PhD) December 13, 2018
I once left a Kindle on a plane so can relate
— Neal Morton (@nealtmorton) December 13, 2018
Hearts must be transplanted within 4 hours of harvesting. Organs for transplant, especially hearts, don't fly commercial.
— Margaret (@nursemegg) December 14, 2018
Happens all the time. No big deal.
— Fake Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg (@FakeBoeingCeo) December 13, 2018
This is heartbreaking.
— Terra Incognita 🦁♌️ (@07Kershaw) December 13, 2018
As you can see, the internet pumped out the heart jokes.
Last Christmas I gave you my heart,
But the very next day you left it on a SW flight.
— Boozy McHound (@BoozyMcHound) December 13, 2018
— Jlyne Hanback (@msretro) December 13, 2018
"Passenger Poe, please come to the Southwest courtesy desk. Passenger Edgar Allen Poe to the Southwest courtesy desk, thank you."
— Jason Avant (@PetCobra) December 13, 2018
Tony Bennett thinks he left his heart in San Francisco. pic.twitter.com/yep4o9QBiT
— Chad Kindle (@Jackthrripper17) December 13, 2018
Talk about "one job".
— Dawn Haller (@HallerDawn) December 13, 2018
According to NBC News, Southwest has declined to comment on specifics.
The airline said in a statement on Monday:
“During Flight #3606 with scheduled service from Seattle to Dallas this past Sunday evening, we learned of a life-critical cargo shipment onboard the aircraft that was intended to stay in Seattle for delivery to a local hospital. Therefore, we made the decision to return to Seattle to ensure the shipment was delivered to its destination within the window of time allotted by our cargo customer.”