|Three of the 41 planes grounded by Southwest.|
Southwest today grounded 41 planes when it discovered it had failed to inspect them for structural cracks. Southwest customer relations manager Kary Geller expressed surprise at the tumult this caused “we at Southwest believe in providing the best possible customer experience, and we have received numerous compliments from customers who enjoyed being able to look outside through gaping holes in the fuselage instead of the tiny scratched up windows that most airlines provide”
Southwest representatives were also upset over the $10.2 million penalty enacted by the FAA. “They could have at least let us land them safely instead of just grounding them,” said one Southwest mechanic who asked to remain anonymous. It’s going to be much harder to inspect them now, not to mention put them back together.
“Most of the grounded planes were older models,” said FAA administrator Ima Jetta. “Older planes should have known better than to go without inspections. This will teach them a lesson they won’t forget. Of course, we didn’t expect them to take us quite so literally” she added.
Passengers from the grounded planes were not available for comment.