Fine Flying: FAA Proposes $12 Million Southwest Airlines Fine

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DALLAS – Southwest Airlines just flew into some turbulence. The FAA announced Monday the Dallas-based airliner could face a $12 million fine due to improper repairs on their planes.

Ok, you got our attention!

According to the FAA, the repairs in question were done on Boeing 737 jetliners by Southwest’s contractor, Aviation Technical Services.

But the FAA says the repairs in three separate cases could have led to soaring problems after Southwest continued to fly the modified planes.

In a statement by Southwest, they point out the allegations were on repairs done “several years ago” and that “none of the items raised in the FAA letter affect aircraft currently being operated.”

Could this make you re-think your flight?

Well, Southwest says “safety is paramount and we always strive for full compliance with established procedures.”

Southwest has 30 days to respond to the allegations. Looks like Southwest isn’t feeling the love from the FAA.

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