Falcons fill in as Southwest Airlines employees


Passengers set to board their flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Tuesday morning were met with an odd, but welcoming, sight of Atlanta Falcons players in action as they traded places with Southwest Airlines employees for the day.

Punter Matt Bosher, long snapper Josh Harris and defensive backs Robert McClain and Josh Wilson were on hand as they gave the long, arduous process of preparing to board a boost of energy for many travelers. The group of four, alongside ‘Pilot’ Freddie the Falcon, took part in various tasks as the general public gathered around the players with wide smiles on their faces.

Bosher and Harris braved the cold weather and, with a bit of help from Southwest Airlines workers, aided in directing planes and unloading baggage from arriving flights while McClain stayed in the warmth as he manned the flight gate, greeting passengers and answering their questions and concerns. Wilson brought a spark, as he took on the gate manager role, making flight announcements over the intercom with a special twist to the response of laughter from workers and passengers.

Wilson enjoyed having the opportunity to step into the shoes of the Southwest Airlines workers. “This was definitely a once in a lifetime experience,” said the cornerback, “It is definitely a lot harder than I thought and I’m glad that these people work hard to be good at their job.

A special guest from the Make-A-Wish foundation took part in the occasion as Reece McPhail joined the participating Falcons. Stricken with Acute lymphomatic leukemia, the young boy enjoyed the occasion as he performed various tasks alongside the groups of Falcons. When asked of his favorite part of the day, Reece summarized it in three words, “All of it”.


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