First, hats off Mr. Kelly for even going on CNN, I think 99 percent of CEOs wouldn't, or would send the flack instead. But having said that, next time I'd advise you avoid comments like "nothing bad happened."
For everyone who's posted calling it a "media conspiracy" or a media-driven story, how do you explain the FAA's record-setting proposed fine? Something here is just not adding up. SWA has a sterling safety record, supposedly it did all the things the FAA told it to - yet is about to be socked with a huge fine.
I personally buy into the Obserstar theory: having pathetic Northwest Airlines in his district, he's lobbing grenades at a competing airline that, unlike Northwest, seems to know what it's doing. Perhaps the FAA's proposed fine is simply an attempt to curry favor with an influential congressman who's running interference for a key constituent and competitor, that's incapable of competing on its own.
Unless the story worsens, I'll continue to fly SWA the 2-4 times per month that I do between BWI and Detroit, and will continue to avoid Northwest like the plague.
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