Was this really necessary? Southwest Airlines posted a video to Facebook showing the captain of a flight hanging out of a cockpit window to grab a phone being passed to him by a jumping ground crew worker at Long Beach Airport. The phone belonged to a passenger who had left it behind at the gate. No word on if the flight was delayed due to this.
The airline explained the phone had been found at the gate after the plane had finished boarding and left the gate in preparation for takeoff.
The gate crew passed the phone to the ground crew, which was able to pass the phone to the pilot for a reunion with its owner.