Lilly Santiago, 8, was curious: She asked her father, William, who works at Southwest Airlines, whether any women worked down on the tarmac, guiding the planes and loading and unloading checked bags.
"When I told her there were, she says, 'No, Papa. It can't be,'" said her father, who works at Reagan National Airport.
To prove it, he posted on an internal Southwest employee Facebook group, asking his female co-workers to post photos of themselves on the job. They responded in a major way, and Southwest took notice. The airline gave Lilly a tour of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and posted a video of it for International Women's Day.
Lilly got to announce a flight over the loudspeaker, check seat belts with flight attendants and even guide a plane in with a ramp attendant.
"I learned that they do all the jobs," she said. "It's one of the best days ever."