This is coming from a true aviation enthusiast, loyal customer of Southwest Airlines.
It really is sad to see how people will believe anything the media throws their way, especially when it comes to aviation. Most of the time when there are reports about something in aviation, I would say at least 95% of what is mentioned in initial reports is not accurate or entirely false. For example the recent British Airways crash in London, initial reports stated that the aircraft involved in the crash was an Airbus A380! They don't even operate that thing! Another horrible example which I hate to use, on 9/11/01 initial news reports were that a SMALL Cessna aircraft had struck the World Trade Center, wow they were really accurate on that one! My heart goes out to everyone effected by that tragedy.
As for this situation with Southwest, If this were true or there really was some sort of risk, don't you think the media would have said something a year ago? I'm sure if there were any threat the FAA would have suspended all Southwest operations until the matter was resolved. And don't you think we would have heard a lot more about this considering that United, US Airways/America West, and Continental all operate the same type of aircraft in question? Sounds to me like the media was having a slow day and finally got tired of reporting on Britney Spears' wild antics or someone is a bit jealous of Southwest and is doing anything in their power to try and bring them down. To those people all I have to say is, Good luck!!!
Besides the incidents at MDW and BUR(which were not caused by any aircraft safety issue), Southwest has had an amazing safety record. The last time I checked not one Southwest plane has fallen out of the sky, I won't even get into how many crashes other US Airlines have had.
Another thing, and in no way am I trying to bash other airlines but do people realize that Southwest has one of the youngest fleet of aircraft in the industry. I wonder how many people out there know that when they board one of Northwest's DC-9s that chances are that plane is about 40 yrs old if not older, which is more than four times the average age of 9 yrs for the southwest fleet. Just something to think about.
Point is people, don't jump to conclusions right away especially when you don't know the facts.
For all of you vowing to never fly Southwest again, let's see if you're saying that once you're treated horribly by another airline, they lose your luggage, the aircraft goes tech, they cancel your flight, and all of this only after paying an arm and a leg.
To the entire Southwest family, i'm sticking with ya, you guys keep doing what you do best...and continue to "give America the freedom to fly."
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