In a newly released federal report, two DFW-based FAA inspectors, who became whistleblowers, said they believe safety at Southwest Airlines, "Took a back seat to personal friendships and favors... "
Okay - the missed inspections happened a year ago, FAA and Boeing both approved the plan to do the re-inspections. The DFW whistleblowers didn't personally approve of the decision, kept it in their hip pocket until they could use it against Southwest when they were not given the "honor" of being the FAA Inspectors assigned to the greatest airline on the planet and had to settle for being assigned to one of the "other" airlines at DFW. Sounds like a classic case of jealousy and pay back from a couple of disgruntled employees. Let's see what the FAA finds in the maintenance records of the "other" airlines that have been swept under the rug for years. At least Southwest self-disclosed and tried to correct the problem......shame on the FAA for giving the greatest airline on the planet bad advice and not accepting the fact that "they" were the ones who should be fined.
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Let's see how those "safe" airlines you all are switching to fair from the announcement today that the FAA will be checking all domestic airlines paperwork. At least SWA came forward and let them know they missed an inspection, albeit not something that was critical to the safety of it's passengers.
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