SO many post's that i'd like to comment on .. but here are a few ..
it was southwest that disclosed the missed inspections to the FAA .. not the other way around as you misstated ..
BOB MACKAY's post -
boeing never said the planes were ok to fly .. what they said was ".. the safety of the southwest fleet was not compromised .." it was the FAA inspectors that said the planes were still ok to fly by approving what southwest did to fix the problem and by not grounding them back in '07 ..
remember .. it was one year ago that SW .. on it's own .. disclosed the missed inspections .. why only now after the FAA had accepted the fix and closed the issue is it being addressed by a fine?
MARY's post - 'sue em'
southwest's fuel hedging had not ended then .. and in fact .. still .. HAS NOT ENDED .. oops .. i guess you'll have to find another reason to 'sue em'.
PATRICKS's post -
taken out of context .. what gary actually said was " .. Standby Rudder PCU is redundant; meaning, it is never powered on the vast majority of flights. To date, Southwest has performed the PCU check at issue more than 200 times with zero failures .. " .. part of a statement made in response to mr. oberstar's news conference in which he (oberstar) raised an issue that was not even what the FAA fine is about!!
MACH 1, DokF.Doe post's -
read them and read them again .. logical .. common sense .. and obviously knowledgeable .. good post's .. mahalo ;)
MY 2 cents -
.. i fly southwest .. american .. aloha, hawaiian, and others depending on when and where i need to go .. and feel as safe on southwest as on any other ..
the cost (to ANY carrier) of an airline disaster including things such as death benefit payouts etc., not to mention the loss of revenue due to people changing to another carrier would FAR outweigh any monies save by 'skating' around a safety inspection and/or an FAA fine ..
so to those of you that think southwest was just trying to save a few $$$ .. and/or if you think southwest is where it is by doing stupid things like so many of you are claiming .. you are sadly mistaken and i say .. THINK AGAIN!!
i say .. southwest did the right then back then and is doing so now by fighting this seemingly politically motivated issue ..
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