The FAA says the Southwest Airlines isn’t going to be able to weasel its way out of paying that $10.2 million fine for missing aircraft inspections. [Bizjournals]

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  1. chiieddy says:

    Does that mean that $69 one-way airfare will now have a Federal Fine Surcharge added to it?

  2. Crymson_77 says:

    @chiieddy: You know…that’s actually a good question! :)

  3. Bladefist says:

    @chiieddy: That kind of honesty would be brilliant. You should work for the airlines.

    When the consumer saw “Summer 2008 fine fee” on their receipt, eventually enough people would write into the FAA.

    Like I said last week in an article like this, the government does not have a clue about trickle down economics. They honestly think the CEO is going to sell his summer home, to pay for this. And he isn’t going. He might even upgrade his summer home after he adds more fees, and their is a surplus. Thanks Government, for screwing us again.

    They are going to make it so expensive for us to fly, that most people will just stop. How good does that make us look? The rest of the world laughs at America, the #1 nation that cant afford to fly.

  4. captadam says:

    @Bladefist: A $10 million fine won’t make tickets cheaper, but it’s not what’s making flying so expensive. You said, “they are going to make it so expensive for us to fly, that most people will just stop.” Who is “they”?

  5. Bladefist says:

    @captadam: They == FAA. I’m not saying don’t regulate them. I just think the excessive fines are counterproductive.

  6. jonworld says:

    @Bladefist: I’d rather have to pay a little more for expensive airline tickets than die from a plane crash because aircraft safety wasn’t well-regulated.

  7. Bladefist says:

    @jonworld: Dont you see the error in your statement? You’re paying for the fine, the airline is not punished, your chances of dying in a crash are moot.

  8. TheRealCMJ says:

    @bladefist what would you have the FAA do then? What alternative do they have to make Southwest comply with the inspection requirements?

    The only alternative I can think of would be to either ground their planes for a period of time or revoke their license to operate a commercial airline. Either of those options would drive prices up even more than the fine.

    The fine on the other hand sends a clear message, namely “don’t do that again and if you do it’s gonna cost you dearly”.