I am quite disappointed that Southwest failed to comply with mandatory checks but even more now that they seem care free and pass the blame on someone else.
After reading all the reports and blogs, I find in this blog that they contacted Boeing for support in this matter and how they notified the FAA about the issues. In reality, It's not up to Boeing or the FAA... It is solely Southwest; they should have taken matters into their own hands.
I do applaud them for trying to seek help but it all comes down to their own final decision of continuing to operate the faulty aircraft.
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