When I heard this story, I freaked out a bit. Because months before I read the headline, I was on a Southwest flight from San Diego to Sacramento, and noticed a crack on the window (and I was sitting on the window side :<). I have seen cracks on these planes before (I only fly Southwest). But this crack was on the outside pane. I really just assumed and had faith that it probably was inspected and everything was OK. (But deep down inside, I'm thinking, why is there a crack on the outside of this plane... one I could see quite clearly in front of my face.) It was about an 3/4in.-1in., looked like the kind you see on your windshield after getting hit by a pebble.
To hear about violations after the fact makes me a bit nervous.
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