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Thanks to the government shutdown, Southwest says their long awaited flights to Hawaii could get pushed back past April or longer.
     USA TODAY

A Southwest Airlines flight from Connecticut bound for Florida needed to turn around on Friday evening after the plane experienced a pressurization issue so severe it caused one passenger's ears to bleed.

The flight, headed to Tampa International Airport in Florida, left the airport at 8:11 pm and began experiencing issues shortly after takeoff.

"Flight # 1694 with scheduled service between Bradley International Airport (BDL) and Tampa Bay (TPA) experienced a pressurization issue shortly after takeoff," Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Ro Hawthorne customs USA TODAY. "Our flight crew followed proper procedures and returned to BDL, where it landed safely. Several customers among the 139 were treated for injuries and discomfort by local paramedics."

The flight, headed to Tampa International Airport in Florida, left the airport at 8:11 pm before needing to turn around. (Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAY)

Bradley Airport spokeswoman Alisa Sisic told the Hartford Courant that "EMS personnel responded to the aircraft's gate," following a request from Southwest.

"We removed the aircraft from service and continued customer travel with another aircraft," Hawthorne added. "The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority."

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