Human Heart Forgotten Onboard Dallas Bound Flight, Turns Around

DALLAS, TX — A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Dallas Sunday had to turn around over eastern Idaho after someone forgot to unload a human heart allegedly intended for transplant. The flight had to return to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Sunday afternoon in order to deliver the organ, which is only viable for a few hours, the Seattle Times reported.

Southwest flight 3606 landed back in Seattle after three hours because it was "absolutely necessary to deliver the shipment to its destination in the Seattle area as quickly as possible," Southwest spokesman Dan Landson told the Times.

"Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers and the safe delivery of the precious cargo we transport every day," Landson added.

It is unclear who the heart was intended for and why it was forgotten on the plane.

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Dallas Apartments Getting Smaller, More Expensive

In Dallas proper, the average apartment built in 2008 was 1,033 square feet. This year, the average new apartment measured 952 square feet, a change in size of 8 percent. The overall average apartment size in Dallas is 832 square feet.

North Texas residents don’t live in the U.S.’ biggest apartments, but they don’t live in the smallest, either.

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Getting your hands on one of those Dallas apartments would’ve cost $795 a month in 2008. This year, Dallas average rent was $1,179 per month, a bump of 48 percent in 10 years.

Nationwide, apartments are about 5 percent smaller and 28 percent more expensive this year than they were in 2008. Denver saw the biggest increase in average rent at 84 percent, while San Antonio saw an 8 percent decrease in rent, the only decrease among the U.S.’ top 100 markets. Houston had the country’s smallest average rent increase at just 10 percent.

While Dallas’ rising rent pales in comparison with Austin, which saw a 55 percent increase in the period surveyed by RENTCafé, it still represents the 12th-biggest jump among any of the nation’s 100 biggest rental markets, according to RENTCafé.

The most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau finds that Dallas County’s median household income is just less than $54,000 per year, about 9 percent higher than the $49,000 five-year average posted by the Census Bureau in 2012. Income growth isn’t coming close to matching rent growth, putting tremendous stress on lower income Dallas County residents.

“If you’re making $10 per hour or $15 per hour or even $20 an hour between two parents and you’ve got a family of four, it is really tough to survive on that, so even a slight increase in rent could be all it takes to have that family end up on our door,” Ellen Magnis, who works for Family Gateway, a Dallas nonprofit that provides services to families affected by homelessness, told the Observer earlier this year.

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