I have flown Southwest once a week for the past 15 years. I commend the great pilots and crew of this flight. However, I have to question why Southwest allowed the condition of planes to deteriorate. I think this is the unfortunate result of outsourcing maintenance operations to a third world country. I would have thought the $7.5 million FAA fine would have been enough incentive to perform regular fuselage inspections. I hope it does not take a more serious situation for the company to return to its former high safety standards.
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