The investigation should prove insightful as it is coming to light that numerous people -- both within Southwest as well as the FAA -- appear to have been aware for some time of the non-compliance. This "oversight" or "misunderstanding" is now appearing as a total disregard for safety and human life (both for passengers and Southwest employees on these planes), orchestrated by people who seemed to have known exactly what was happening. You can only plead ignorance for so long.
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Shame on you...you put not only your passengers at risk but your "valued" employees as well. You tout your employees being like "family" -- but you put your "family" on potentially unsafe aircraft without second thought. This should be a real turning point in employee relations at Southwest Airlines. Missed inspections by up to 2 1/2 years is criminal and your airline needs to be dealt with as such.
I have been a Company Club/Rapid Reward member for over 20 years and GUARANTEE YOU that I have flow Southwest for the last time.
I am certainly glad that your blatant disregard for safety and FAA directives has come to light, and claims of having "self reported" are no excuse -- you "self reported" because you knew this was all about to hit the fan. Why didn't you "self report" 30 months ago? To say your maintenance oversight is sloppy would be a gross understatement, and it will be interesting to see as details continue to emerge just how many senior managers and executives were aware of these situations, and for how long...
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