Southwest sues Skiplagged in Texas, escalating its legal challenge against flight-search sites that display its fares

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  • Southwest Airlines sued flight-search site Skiplagged in Texas over displaying the airline’s fares.
  • The lawsuit escalated the airline’s legal fight, following a lawsuit against Kiwi.com.
  • “Neither Skiplagged nor Kiwi is authorized to display Southwest fares,” the airline said.
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Southwest Airlines filed a lawsuit against Skiplagged, a flight search engine, in a second legal challenge against flight-search sites that display the airline’s cheap flights.

The airline said both Skiplagged and Kiwi.com broke its website’s terms by displaying ticket prices. It previously filed suit against Kiwi.com. Southwest said it only allows online travel agents to sell tickets for its flights with the airline’s permission.

In its newest lawsuit, filed last week in US District Court, the airline said the two travel sites appeared to be working together. It said Skiplagged’s flight data came from Kiwi.com.

“Neither Skiplagged nor Kiwi is authorized to display Southwest fares or sell Southwest flights,” the airline’s lawyers wrote in the complaint.

Southwest didn’t respond to a request for comment. A lawyer for Skiplagged declined to comment.

“We cannot comment on the latest lawsuit itself, but what is appearing here is a sense of panic from Southwest,” a Kiwi.com spokesperson said. “Trying to hold back freedom of choice brought about through tech innovation with aggressive legal action is a sad situation from an airline that was a disruptor themselves.”

Southwest in early June had sent a cease-and-desist letter to Skiplagged. In the exchange of letters that followed, Skiplagged denied the claim, saying it didn’t scrape Southwest’s website for info. Skiplagged also said it had removed Southwest’s heart logo from its website.

“Given these facts, I assume it is not necessary to go into detail on the many mistaken assumptions and assertions in your letter,” Skiplagged CEO Aktarer Zaman wrote in an email to Southwest in late June. “I trust this resolves the matter.”

In the following letters, which were included in Southwest’s lawsuit, the companies were unable to negotiate a solution.

“It is beyond dispute that Southwest routing information is widely available through multiple public-facing sources, which undermines [Southwest’s] Letter’s suggestion that Skiplagged is republishing confidential information,” wrote Skiplagged’s lawyer, Irwin B. Schwartz, of BLA Schwartz, in the final letter.

Skiplagged earlier this month filed a pre-emptive lawsuit in New York, its home state, asking a judge to rule on whether it had broken Southwest’s terms.

By filing its new lawsuit in Texas, Southwest moved to keep its legal fight against the flight-search engines in its home state. Southwest sued Kiwi.com in Texas earlier this year.

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How to search through someone’s tweets and find anything they’ve tweeted

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  • You can use Twitter’s advanced search tools to search through someone’s tweets.
  • Use this tool when you want to find what someone has tweeted about a specific topic, or to track down a specific tweet they made.
  • When searching, you can also set a date range and only get tweets sent on those dates.
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Twitter’s default search function can be great for seeing the general consensus on a topic, or finding an account. But it’s not so great when you’re trying to find a single tweet or thread.

That’s where advanced search comes in. Available on the Twitter website, advanced search lets you look for tweets that contain specific words, that were sent during specific dates, or that were written by specific users. That last feature is possibly the most important – it lets you search through a single user’s tweets to find any tweet they’ve sent.

Aside from letting you see if your favorite user has tweeted about a topic you’re interested in, disinformation experts also use this feature to debunk hoaxes. If you see a screenshot of something that a celebrity allegedly tweeted, for instance, you can use advanced search to see if it’s actually real.

Here’s how to search someone’s tweets for anything.

How to search through someone’s tweets

1. Head to the Twitter website and use the search bar in the top-right corner to search for anything.

2. At the top of the search results page, click the three dot icon (…) next to the search bar, and then Advanced search.

A Twitter search page for Business Insider, with the Advanced search option highlighted.
You’ll need to search for something (it can be anything) to get to the “Advanced search” tool.

3. A pop-up will appear with a variety of text boxes. Scroll down to Accounts and in the From these accounts field, type in the username of the person whose tweets you want to search. You’ll need to put in their exact @ name – you won’t get suggestions.

Twitter's advanced search tool, with the section for picking a user highlighted.
You might want to copy and paste in the user’s @ name.

4. Scroll back up to Words and specify what keywords or phrases you want to search that user’s tweets for. You can also use the None of these words field to exclude tweets that have those words.

5. If you’d like, scroll down to the Filters, Engagements, and Dates sections to make your search even more precise.

6. Click Search in the top-right.

Twitter's advanced search tool, with the "Search" option highlighted.
Once you’re ready, click “Search.”

You’ll be brought to a page with your search results. If you’d like to refine your search, just click the three dot icon and Advanced search again.

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