Southwest Airlines reality TV show "On the Fly" taping at Tampa International Airport

1:42 PM, Mar 5, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- A crew is taping in Tampa this week for a new reality series called "On the Fly" set to air on TLC that takes viewers behind the scenes at Southwest Airlines.

Production began in November at Baltimore Washington International Airport and Denver International Airport, just in time for the holiday travel rush.

Five airports in all will be part of the show, according to Tampa International Airport spokeswoman Janet Zink.

The Tampa crew will likely be taping on this coming Thursday through Sunday, March 8th-11th -- although the filming schedule may change.

TLC promises "unprecedented access" that will reveal what it takes for Southwest to transport passengers in the era of packed planes, unruly passengers, and countless air travel frustrations.

The series of 13 half-hour episodes will also profile some of the airline's customers "as they prepare to travel for milestone moments," TLC says.

If you have a great travel story and are interested in being profiled on the show, you can submit your story at the reality show website

"Air travel has become incredibly accessible, and as a result, millions of travelers navigate the challenges of the airport, especially during the upcoming holiday season," said Amy Winter, general manager of TLC, in a statement.

"Southwest is a beloved brand, and their customers and employees will reveal the passion, commitment, and fantastic payoff of 'getting there' that helps keep us all flying."

Southwest is no stranger to reality TV cameras. The carrier was the subject of "Airline," a series that ran on A&E in 2004 and 2005. The network canceled the show after three seasons.

The new show, called "On the Fly," is set to begin airing on TLC sometime this Spring.

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