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Since You Asked: Our Pick for Gary Kelly's Halloween Costume

August 19, 2008 at 3:15 PM | by | Comment (1)

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly just posted a request on the airline's official blog: He needs our help coming up with a costume for this Halloween. In the past, he's gone all the way with portrayals of Gene Simmons, Jack Sparrow and Edna Turnblad (from "Hairspray"), so not just any idea will work.

We think we have a winner, though: We wanna see Kelly decked out as Kyla Ebbert. She is, after all, the airline's most famous passenger! We even put together this handy shopping list for the boss' trip to the costume shop:

1 tiny white tank top.
1 lime green bolero.
1 white denim mini skirt.
1 copy Playboy. (For research purposes only!)
1 invite to a party with Richard Branson.

Related Stories:
· Help Me Decide [Official Blog]
· Kyla coverage [Jaunted]

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HOWTO: Engineer a Meteoric Rise to Travel Blog Fame

November 15, 2007 at 1:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Here's how Kyla Ebbert made it to the top and ended up posing in Playboy. Oh, come on, it was only a matter of time before Kyla Ebbert and Playboy were officially in the same sentence.

That said, here is a a simple how-to for all of the aspiring actresses/actors/models/memes out there.

July: Fly Southwest from San Diego to Tucson in skimpy outfit and get hassled by a guy named Keith.

September 5: Show up in the San Diego newspaper, looking for consumer outrage. Find it.

September 7: Do an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show. Get scrutinized.

September 12: Inspire a copy cat.

October 10: Meet Jaunted's markj at a Virgin America event and tell him you've stopped Googling yourself.

November 15: Appear in the cleverly titled Playboy web pictorial "Legs in the Air".

Related Stories:
· Girls of Southwest coverage [Jaunted]

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Kyla Ebbert's Other Outfit

September 24, 2007 at 10:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

We hope it's our last post about the Girls of Southwest. But we couldn't let Kyla Ebbert ride off into the much overdue sunset without mentioning her stunning Myspace page. She's PrincessKyla on the social networking site.

While she's switched her profile to private, a cached version of her page still lives on thanks to Google. Her lawyer must love the pictures of girls in underwear, the snaps of sexy babes and quotes like "I live for the nights I won't remember with the friends I won't forget." Kyla's got quite a collection of friends: 3,423 in all, including Myspace heroes Tila Tequila and ForBiddeN and pseudo-celebrity/Lauren Conrad "associate" Brody Jenner.

Maybe if Kyla ends up suing Southwest, she can keep us all updated on the case through her Myspace blog!

Related Stories:
· PrincessKyla [Myspace]
· Cached version of PrincessKyla [Myspace, via Google]
· Girls of Southwest coverage [Jaunted]

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Bad Girls Fly Southwest

September 13, 2007 at 5:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

It was the perfect, post-Labor Day news story: demure young girl gets hassled by a devilish airline employee just for wearing an outfit she's rocked plenty of times before. Who could believe Southwest Airlines wouldn't let her wear what she wanted? That is, until Kyla Ebbert flashed the audience of The Today Show while wearing the skirt in question.

Now Setara Qassim wants her 15 seconds of fame, too: She's decided she was scandalized by Southwest. Her outfit was less revealing than Kyla's but if she was so bothered by the airline's request to cover up, why did she wait til now to mention it? Should these girls be allowed to wear whatever they want? Everyone's got an opinion, even us.

Check out our Girls of Southwest coverage.

The web weighs in:
· 900+ Comments on the Southwest Airlines Blog [Official Site]
· Chris Elliott Blames the Airlines... [Elliott.org]
· A Newspaper Sides With the Airlines... [Chicago Tribune]
· And A Today Show Producer Sort-Of Agrees [MSNBC]
· Setara Made CNN's Front Page Today [CNN]

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Kyla Ebbert Keeps It Classy on The Today Show

September 10, 2007 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (13)

Last week, we had some sympathy for Kyla Ebbert, the Southwest Airlines passenger with the skimpy mini skirt. After all, the airline doesn't have a dress code, and she said her outfit covered all the necessary bits and pieces.

But was she dressed conservatively enough? During her appearance on the Today show, Matt Lauer asked Kyla to stand up and show off her outfit. When she did, Kyla had to pull down her mini skirt to make it look less scandalous.

Which takes us back to why she might have raised some eyebrows on that flight. As one opinionator wondered:

Was this a Sharon Stone "Basic Instinct" situation? Ebbert did not address that specifically, and Lauer did not ask.

Matt also didn't have a chance to see what the rest of us did: While taking her seat, Kyla managed to give viewers a glimpse of her panties. We wouldn't file that skirt under "modest". Could Southwest manage to come out of this as the victim?

Full Kyla Ebbert video here.

Related Stories:
· No Mini Skirts on Southwest [Jaunted]
· Southwest Reaction to Skimpy Outfit [MSNBC]

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