As with most FAA issues, this is not about safety but about paperwork and beaucracy. People blissfully unaware of the mountain of FAA regulation - that is to say, passengers - would be horrified to learn how much of pilots time and attention must be focused on regs, when they should be focused on operating the aircraft. Ditto with ground crew - SWA has GREAT crews, GREAT maintenance and GREAT aircraft. Paperwork errors do not a safety issue make.
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