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Southwest Paid for FAA Inspector During ShutdownSouthwest Airlines Co. benefited from an unusual deal with federal aviation regulators during the recent partial government shutdown: The carrier agreed to cover the cost of briefly recalling a furloughed safety inspector to sign off on putting three new jets into service. (www.marketwatch.com) More...
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Go Southwest ! You were correct and made a good decision. It was win/win. At least three fed.Employees were able to feed their families. The union also won in that dues were collected and paid. Nothing done was illegal and, certainly,not immoral !
Why is Southwest still being described as a “budget” airline?
It may have something to do with them offering lower fares.
Sounds like 'Early bird catches the worm', maybe the other airlines should have got in quicker too.
BS, my company was willing to pay an FAA employee's fees so we could obtain a Ferry Permit that needed to be done. In the end, I didn't have to do that since we found a retired Inspector who was available. There is NO favorable treatment it's called sound management and having the ability to keep the birds in the air.
I have ordered my staff to compile a listing of former FAA inspectors who can sign off issues we might have during Gvt shutdowns. I'm not about to allow my company to suffer because airheads in DC can't get it together.