As if flying—particularly flying Southwest—weren't painful enough already. As if we weren't already forced to listen to amplified music everywhere we go, every second of the day. Billboard:
Warner Music Nashville (WMN) announced today that they have teamed up with Southwest Airlines to produce a variety of promotions that will bring music into the skies. With this new partnership, Southwest will continue their history of pop-up shows on board flights featuring WMN artists, with the label also agreeing to continue their tradition of traveling with the airline. Perhaps the most popular aspect of the agreement is the continuation of the Live at 35 in-air concert series, as well as the Opry at the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park series of summer concerts. Launched as a curiosity in 2011, the Live at 35 series has only grown in popularity over the past six years, as Southwest passengers hope that their flight will be one of the lucky ones to feature a sure-to-go-viral performance.
SeaTac Airport has musicians playing needlessly loud, needlessly amplified, needlessly needless music in the main terminal. That's bad enough—but at least you can get away. Trapping people on an airplane with musicians playing live and, no doubt, overly amplified music when you can't get away? Jesus Fucking Christ. Bars, restaurants, stores, parks, elevators, beaches, motherfucking hiking trails in national forests—airplanes are literally the only place we're not currently subjected to music we didn't choose and might not want to listen to.
Let's review the three sacred rules of air travel:
1. Shut the fuck up.
2. Close the fucking window shade.
3. Shut the fuck up.
Rule 1 and 3 apply to everyone on the airplane—musicians included.