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This article was published on November 27, 2010

Microsoft, Southwest Airlines and Santa Claus team up for in-airport photos

Microsoft, Southwest Airlines and Santa Claus team up for in-airport photos
Chad Catacchio
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Chad Catacchio

Chad Catacchio is a contributor writing on a variety of topics in tech. He has held management positions at a number of tech companies in th Chad Catacchio is a contributor writing on a variety of topics in tech. He has held management positions at a number of tech companies in the US and China. Check out his personal blog to connect with him or follow him on Twitter (if you dare).

Getting your photo taken with Santa Claus at an airport makes a lot of sense. First of all, what else are you going to do while you’re waiting for your delayed flight? Shop at duty free? Unlikely.

Secondly, an airport would seem a perfect place for Santa to use for photo ops, since he can easily land and take off his sleigh on the runway (makes much more sense than a mall, doesn’t it?).

So with this in mind, Microsoft and Southwest Airlines reached out to the North Pole to get Santa to swing by 26 airports nationwide during weekends leading up to Christmas so that Santa can take advantage the convenience offered by airports (he must be really busy during the week with official Christmas stuff).

Travelers will get a free picture of themselves with Santa at kiosks at those airports and then can pick them up (and create customized greetings cards) online on Microsoft’s website.

Also, while you’re waiting in line to sit on Santa’s lap, you can of course learn all about Windows 7 and Windows Live, as well as register for daily giveaways, including flights from Southwest, a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate and a $500 cash.

Now please excuse us – we aren’t done writing our letters to Santa yet…

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