Mary MacCarthy initially demanded an apology from Southwest before filing the lawsuit in which she said the airline showed "blatant racism."
Heather O'Connor told Newsweek that the couple hadn't tried this "method" of bagging a row of seats before but "guess it worked."
Southwest CEO Bob Jordan said there was "nothing going on" with the Department of Justice in the ongoing federal probe into the airline.
The airline's grounding affected more than 1,200 planes before service resumed.
The passenger in the viral post ignited a heated discussion online, with one commenter saying "you're not more important because you sit in the front."
About half of all canceled flights are from low-cost carrier Southwest.
Saturday Night Live spoofed the airline that lost more than $200 million in the fourth quarter.
In an exclusive Newsweek essay, a Southwest Airlines pilot shares an insider's perspective on the recent chaos at the airline.
"This mess with Southwest could have been avoided. We need bold action," California Representative Ro Khanna tweeted Thursday.
Industry experts explain why Southwest Airlines fell into chaos this week, with thousands of flights canceled across the United States.
Fingers have been pointed at the transportation secretary's failure to act on known airline issues for the current crisis.
Videos showing piles of bags at airports from Southwest Airlines customers have been posted online after the company cancelled thousands of flights.
Thousands of flight delays and cancellations continue amid a federal investigation into Southwest Airlines.
More than 2,500 Southwest Airlines flights were canceled by Tuesday with more cancellations to come on Wednesday and Thursday.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg spoke with Southwest's CEO as the airline canceled more flights and struggled to recover from winter storm Elliott.
Southwest pilots warned flight operations that the scheduling software and systems need to be fixed. But those pleas were made "to no avail."
Southwest Airlines to cancel about 500 of its 4,000 scheduled flights on December 22 and 23.
A woman flying home to Ireland from America was delighted by the unexpected passenger.
The manspreading incident went viral after being shared on Reddit.
"My wife has never felt so violated, voiceless, and powerless," the woman's husband wrote in a viral Twitter thread about the matter.
"Quit sending naked pictures," the pilot said over the plane's intercom system.
Federal officials have announced no action against airlines in a year of unprecedented cancellations, including one that cancels or delays half its flights.
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The flight crew decorated the cabin with toilet paper "streamers."
"Please let this story find Paul and let him know there are thousands of people who are ready to riot at his call," wrote one commenter.
"Thank you for sharing all this info! People laugh at me but this is why I love the TikTok community," shared one TikToker.
The passenger told authorities that he asked a female passenger's permission and thought the situation was "kind of kinky."
"It probably didn't make sense for Rosa either. It probably didn't make sense for Anne Frank either. We have to take a stand," the passenger said.