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View Poll Results: Will you risk flying Southwest now?
Yes, I will continue to fly with Southwest 39 84.78%
No, they are sacrificing safety for profits 2 4.35%
I have never flown with Southwest 5 10.87%
Voters: 46. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-06-2011, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I don't fly at all (phobia) but I wouldn't feel any more or less safe flying Southwest than I would any other airline. I think they all take shortcuts with safety and I do think Southwest's standards have slipped in recent years.
How on earth would you know anything about Southwest's standards, either now, or in the past?
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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How on earth would you know anything about Southwest's standards, either now, or in the past?
I know people who work there.
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Old 04-06-2011, 05:07 PM
 
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the problems with the planes are NOT just tied to Southwest--it is the TYPE of plane that is the problem and the construction....
Boening apparently has been consulted and agrees that while that type of metal fatigue is expected--the time it is occuring within is much shorter than they anticipated--
they are concerned there could be issues contributing beyond the normal flight wear and tear used to do design predictions...
Southwest is to be commended for taking such swift action to check the planes and lay them off the flight schedule--
Do you have any idea the problems, money, and customer disastisfaction that caused--and yet Southwest management did not quibble and stand around like TEPCO mgmt at Fukushima...

different situation in lot of ways but Southwest management made direct intervention for public safety above cost and other backlash issues
CREDIT is what they deserve for doing this...not censure
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Southwest is an excellent carrier, but lets face it, their service has slipped in recent years as with every other carrier.

Rising fuel costs hurts everybody. Its either passed onto the customer or reflected in the inefficient way they infrequently perform "rigorous" plane inspections.

I'm sorry, but a quick visual inspection by the pilot before take off does not qualify as a "safety" inspection to me.
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:12 PM
 
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Southwest is an excellent carrier, but lets face it, their service has slipped in recent years as with every other carrier.

Rising fuel costs hurts everybody. Its either passed onto the customer or reflected in the inefficient way they infrequently perform "rigorous" plane inspections.

I'm sorry, but a quick visual inspection by the pilot before take off does not qualify as a "safety" inspection to me.
You really do need to do a little homework before you post about things you don't have a clue about. Are you even aware of the extent of FAA inspections, certifications, and tests that are required of commercial aircraft not to mention the various airworthiness directives and service bulletins for the many components of an aircraft?
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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You really do need to do a little homework before you post about things you don't have a clue about. Are you even aware of the extent of FAA inspections, certifications, and tests that are required of commercial aircraft not to mention the various airworthiness directives and service bulletins for the many components of an aircraft?
Only a realtor would know, right?
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:19 PM
 
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Only a realtor would know, right?
Not a realtor and I'm not a realtor. But a licensed pilot or ANYONE who is the least bit educated about airlines or aircraft would know, right?
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Not a realtor and I'm not a realtor. But a licensed pilot or ANYONE who is the least bit educated about airlines or aircraft would know, right?
You know what?

You should PM BigDGeek & get some of his pilot buddies perspectives of SWA. I'm sure they have some quite interesting stories to tell.
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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You know what?

You should PM BigDGeek & get some of his pilot buddies perspectives of SWA. I'm sure they have some quite interesting stories to tell.
Most of the SWA employees I know are corporate, not pilots. But I do know a couple.

And I'm female.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think SWA is necessarily dangerous. But they're not as committed to safety as they once were, either IMHO. Basically they've become just like all the other airlines.
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:21 AM
 
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Southwest Airlines has been one of the fastest growing in the industry, and is consistently profitable. The high approval in this thread's poll is testimony that people will continue to use it. And to many, it's really the only game in town.
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