The Truth About What’s Really Behind The “Operational Emergency” Declared By Southwest Airlines

  • On February 12, two U.S. senators wrote a letter to the FAA in the wake of the CBS report, urging the FAA to look into the issue.
  • Immediately following this report, FAA oversight increased to levels even higher than the previous increased oversight of Southwest from the FAA.
  • Following the series of CBS News reports, the letter from the Senators, and increased scrutiny from the FAA, Southwest has been more self-conscious in using intimidation tactics to avoid fixing maintenance issues, while Southwest AMTs been less fearful to write up legitimate issues.



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