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FAA Hearings on Airline Safety

Flying the Scary Skies? The Airline Industry Hits Turbulence

Suddenly those gross, germy, blankets are the least of air travelers worries. The FAA is answering to Congress today over whistle-blower information surfaced casting doubt over Southwest Airlines safety practices.

The tip came from an FAA inspector who called out his bosses saying, "I'm here today because I'm concerned of the safety of the flying public which has been jeopardized by the abusive authority in violations of the federally regulations." He says Southwest pressured the FAA to hide safety problems. Insert the small tab into the buckle of your seatbelt, there's a ton more airline news, just


Also today, United became the latest major carrier to ground planes unannounced after failing to make required checks of the planes' fire-suppression system. (Southwest and American have both also grounded planes recently.) Aloha Airlines lei-d off 1,900 employees when it was grounded this week, and ATA skidded into bankruptcy, quitting today.

What's behind all the sky-bound turmoil? Is the FAA too easy on the airlines? Are consumers, constantly after bargain-basement fares, partially to blame?


hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Wow! Awkbod. Did someone piss in your Cheerios baby? Cabaker27 can only go by her poor experiences with the airlines and was clearly speaking from that perspective. She has every right to be frustrated from such disappointing experiences. She attacked no one on a personal level as you did. Now as far as air fares are concerned you could have used this opportunity to enlighten many who may have the same misguided perception that cabaker27 has about costs and may not realize certain things that factor into an air ticket as you and I do. So lighten up have one of cabakers27's cup cakes and school the sister don't suggest that she's stupid.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
BTW Awk if you would have really read my comment, you would realize that I would drive home.... as I stated.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Haha that was the best dollar I ever spent! I'll get back to my cushy life now... you know cuz THAT guy knows me so well!! I love it!
syako syako 9 years
syako syako 9 years
this comment brought to you buy united airline workers
Awkbod Awkbod 9 years
Cabaker27, Wow. Sounds like you have had a rough life. For you to get so worked up over the airlines, tells me you don't have too many responsibilities. I guess that is a good thing judging from your reaction to the airlines. You can bad mouth the airlines all day long, but when you have an emergency that calls you home, you will be glad the airlines are there. As far as screwing you with all their price hikes, why don't you research how much the price of an airline ticket has gone up in relations to inflation and a logical sane person will see that the airlines fall well short of most industries to include cars. Also, who do you think got hit the hardest after 9/11, it was the airlines. They are in the business of making money. It has been 5 years since they have been able to make money. I hope the government does bail them out. So before you blow a gasket, think about the thousands of folks that work for a living and depend on the airlines for travel and need them to recover so our economy recuperates to pre-9/11 days.
piper23 piper23 9 years
I've been flying a lot lately and what I've noticed the most is that the planes way too old and the pilots way too young. Pilots look like they are right out of college if that. But at least they are too young to have developed a drinking habit. So they may be young but at least they aren't flying drunk. Yet...
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I knew they were cutting corners on more than just food and, uh, sane flight attendants...
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I'm with you cabaker...I used to fly back and forth to the east coast for school and it was always a huge ordeal. I sooo don't miss that!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I absolutely ABHOR the airlines. I will do anything and everything in my power to avoid flying. That even means driving 16 hours one way to see my family 3 or 4 times a year. And I'll gladly do it! At least when I drive I know I'm going to get there on time, I can eat and use the restroom whenever I want, and my luggage never gets lost! The airlines have been screwing the customer for years... their prices hikes in no way reflect anything tangible to the consumer... they are just as rude if not more so as they ever have been. And I can't stand that even though the delay us, jerk us around, and be rude to us, the second they need a bailout, who do they turn to? The American taxpayer! :rant: Ugh!! I get so riled up about this!!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
As someone who is already afraid to fly, I would ask that you please refrain from telling me how many different ways I can die in a plane. Thank you.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Wow! Another reason to trust corporate America. Sarcasm of course. I am not surprised to hear this though because in too many corporate crisis that pit the dollar against well being, the dollar will win hands down or at least get the greater consideration.
ktacce ktacce 9 years
lei-d HEHEEHEHEHEHEH very nice.
syako syako 9 years
:scared: Well that's scary! I'm glad someone had the guts to say something :oy: As far as the bargain hunter question - I don't think that's the problem - simply because my husband and I used to fly all the time on every trip. Now that prices that used to be $150 are averaging $350 we're using the car or traveling with some other mode of transportation. I realize the prices have to adjust to fuel costs, but something that two years ago was only $150 and is now $350 seems pretty absurd to me. So they're losing our bargain-hunting business that's for sure.
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