I reached out to Southwest a couple weeks ago regarding my extreme discomfort with the 737-MAX aircraft. Thank you for grounding it within your fleet. However, in the course of the Ethiopian Airlines investigation, it has become brutally apparent that the FAA is so mired in regulatory capture that it is useless for purposes of certifying the safety of any aircraft. I recently cancelled all my pending SWA flights. I simply do not feel safe flying when flight in the US is overseen an agency so unequivocally corrupt, and so clearly beholden to the bottom line of a major corporation--one that has demonstrated, repeatedly, its complete willingness to sacrifice human lives for the sake of massive profits. As a a citizen and voter, it seems I have absolutely no power to change the FAA's practices--a comically unfortunate commentary on the state of US democracy. On the other hand, you, SWA, as yet another mega-corporation, are armed with lobbyists and funds; you regularly donate large sums to assorted federal legislators. You could use your influence to give the FAA its teeth back, and thereby guarantee the safety of your passengers and crew. When I see that happen, I'll start booking air travel again. In the meanwhile, you've lost a loyal traveler. I won't hand my money to a company that is willing to put my life at risk by quietly overlooking the profoundly corrupt relationship between Boeing and the FAA.
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