I'm still taking in all the info, opinions, etc. about this incident.
Also, as a journalist/TV news producer I apologize to most of the posters who think the media is a spin doctor. I'll have you know that any stories I write and go on the air are fact based and unbiased. The media was just trying to inform the public about this inspection issue...we like to think you, the public, would appreciate this.
Anyway, let's not forget that UA, AA and DL ALSO pulled planes because of safety concerns(in this case, wiring. It was wiring that sparked the Swiss Air crash in the 1990s). I don't trust ANY airline but SW(take a look at the other types of aircraft the others use and how old they are). I HOPE SW does consider safety a top priorty. For the life of me, I can't understand why something that happened a year ago is coming to light now? Also, I never have or will believe the FAA(or any gov't agency for that matter) has the public's best interest at heart. It's all politics. PLEASE SW, make sure you're obeying the rules(i'm more concerned about the rudder issue...if you don't have that then you don't have plane that can stay in the air). My family is planning a trip to AZ and we won't fly anything but SW. I'm already worried(2 mos in advance) and I have to take pills just to get to the airport, let alone get on the plane. BTW, you'll recognize me...i"m the nervous one peeking into the cockpit upon boarding.
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I love SW, and will only fly THIS airline because of it's impeccable safety record. However I have two concerns...1) SW only flies 737's, mainly new ones. This month a China Air 737 exploded in Japan. Inspection showed a nut on one of the flaps used to take off and land pierced the fuel tank. Now the FAA wants all 737's examined. What's better to fly? A newly designed plane or a a veteran plane that's been in the air 20+ years? Seems like a coin toss
2) I recently came back from Europe(too bad SW doesn't fly INTL) and the flights were very smooth and I felt pretty secure with the airline(lost luggage was a different story...) upon take off the flight crew was already getting drinks within 10 minutes and the ascent was so smooth the seatbelt sign go turned off at the same time. I experienced this on a US airline too a few years back. How come when SW planes ascend the ride is bumpy and you can really feel the plane bank when the pilot has to turn direction? Is it the type of plane that just makes you feel it more? I have to say I hate the ascent when flying SW(trust me, that's my ONLY complaint about this airline).
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