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Southwest fined $140 MILLION for holiday meltdown

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Southwest Airlines has been fined a record $140m (£110m) by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) over its operational meltdown in 2022. The penalty is about 30 times larger than any other previous fine levelled against an airline in US history. (www.bbc.co.uk) More...

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gomedoc
Jon Schwartz 11
It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong-thomas Sowell
sparkie624
sparkie624 4
I worked for them for a short time... I my book they earned the name "South Worthless"
1skate1
David Purtz 21
"If airlines fail their passengers, we will use the full extent of our authority to hold them accountable," said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in a statement on Monday. :::

Can anyone explain if the government including Mayor Pete fail the American public who "will use the full extent of our authority to hold them accountable,"???
Jewells67
Julie Parnell 5
Seriously. I could not appreciate this comment more. There absolutely needs to be more accountability on the part of our government.
jrgp1
We should start by not electing the dregs that run our great nation today
ewrcap
David Beattie 3
Last time I checked, the government doesn’t run any airlines other than the USAF. They did what the are allowed to do, gave them a fine.
sparkie624
sparkie624 0
That is not true... they run an undercover airline between Arizona to Area 51.
yr2012
matt jensen 3
And Fed prison transfer planes out of OKC
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
I had forgotten about them, but really never considered them an airline
WhiteKnight77
WhiteKnight77 1
Janet flights leave from McCarran International in Vegas to Area 51.

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C172Rpilot
C172Rpilot 5
I want my money!!! They made my Christmas last year miserable!
59Captain
M. R. 4
Incase anyone didn’t read the article: The $140m fine is in addition to around $600m in refunds and reimbursements that the airline has been forced to pay to passengers impacted by last year's mass cancellations. It’s almost always the weather being blamed…
gomedoc
Jon Schwartz 3
and where does that money go?/. Whose pocket??
jrgp1
Shoulld we ask the big man?
AlanBDahl
Alan Dahl 1
According to the DOT press release "The majority of the penalty will go towards compensating future Southwest passengers affected by cancellations or significant delays caused by the airline."
avionik99
avionik99 5
From the BBC no less??
sparkie624
sparkie624 5
Could not have happened to a Better Bunch... Worked for them for a while in Maintenance... I did not like what I was asked to do and some were unethical, others were down right illegal... Worked there 2 months... Best move I ever made getting out of there.
punkrawk78
Silent Bob 5
And we have to hear about it on seemingly every post about SWA. Give it a rest already, how long are you going to hold onto that grudge anyway? And it's not like any of the money will come out of the pockets of managers making the decisions. It will just mean less "profit" for the company, the executives will still get their fat bonuses and stock options.
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
You are correct!
porpoise666
porpoise666 2
Can you elaborate on what unethical and illegal things you were asked to do?
jrgp1
Southwest treats its passengers like cattle in the cattle car of a train. Flew once, never again. Did not like the feeling!
jimjallen
Jim Allen 5
Don’t fly a European low cost carrier then.
Bokhans
Hans Björkman 1
Everything is leftist propaganda claimes the people that elected the worst and least competent president in US history. The man that tried to overthrow the government and created a dictatorship. A man that is a serial rapist in diapers, a man that smells horrible and let of steam from a body hole down south. If their postings was comedy of irony but that isn’t a tool in their toolbox. 🙈
rthornto
Russell Thornton -6
Millions that could have spent on better systems. Now the DOT will use to further leftist agenda.
dalej2
Dale Johnson 1
Of course. These changes don't come at the snap of a finger like government bureaucrats expect many of which have never had a job in industry like guess who. The life long government bureaucrat/politician, there are many of those in D.C. that have never held a job other than a political appointment.
AlanBDahl
Alan Dahl 1
The money will go to "towards compensating future Southwest passengers affected by cancellations or significant delays caused by the airline." according to the DOT.
KenClutter
Ken Clutter 0
The Feds have to recover the cost of the war in the Ukraine somehow.
AlanBDahl
Alan Dahl 1
The money goes to Southwest customers, the Feds get nothing...
watkinssusan
YIKES! IT WAS SAID WN HAD GIVEN VOUCHERS AND REFUNDS TO ALL AFFFECTED BY LAST YEARS "MELTDOWN"..SO IS THIS ADDITIONAL TO THOSE PASSENGERS OR DOES THIS GO TO THE GOVERNMENT?IM SURE WN HAS MANY INSURANCE POLICIES TO COVER ALL KINDS OF ISSUES AND LAWYERS TO HANDLE THEM..
punkrawk78
Silent Bob 5
WHY ARE YOU YELLING?!
watkinssusan
..and a merry christmas to you..(small letters)..
dalej2
Dale Johnson 1
Probably hit the caps lock by accident, no big deal
Neil49
Neil49 3
Try reading the article.
dalej2
Dale Johnson -2
It's a government grab to boost buttgeger's status as a top government partisan official. He buttgege reminds me of Ray La poop (LaHood) past transportation sec who tried to get Toyota to cough up millions years ago. He was another government low life crawling around in the halls of D.C. trying to cut down successful companies though his mouth.
dalej2
Dale Johnson -5
It appears that buttgeigg is trying to put SW out of business. I wonder what is going on behind the scenes that we don't know. It's like a business is struggling with numerous issues then along comes the government to give it another kick in the chins and to make sure it's down and doesn't get up. Look for SW to declare bankrupt in the future then some other airline gobbles it up and pete becomes an airline executive after this current administration is booted out.

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