• Tom Girardi

Are airlines cutting corners at the expense of your safety?

The airline industry has changed significantly over the decades. Airlines function to get you where you want to go quickly and in the most efficient way possible. Seats have gotten smaller and so have the in-flight meals. Flying seems to be more about utility than it is about leisure and is more a means to an end than part of the traveling experience.

The question is whether this change happened due to the needs and desires of customers or because the airlines figured out they could squeeze more people in planes and more money out of their pockets. This concern does not stop at your comfort on board either. It could also apply to maintenance issues. If a plane isn't in the air, it isn't making money for the airline. Is your safety jeopardized for the airline's bottom line?

Airline mechanics say it may very well be

Granted, the country's aviation system is one of the safest in the world these days. Flying is a safe mode of transportation. However, those planes require routine maintenance and repairs in order to keep them safe for you, and airline mechanics are coming forward to say that you may not be as safe as you think you are.

Some whistleblowers say management pushes them to cut corners or ignore certain maintenance issues to make sure the planes remain airborne.

One mechanic recorded a conversation with a manager in which he told the manager that the plane was "an accident waiting to happen." Some mechanics receive instructions not to write up a maintenance issue so the plane remains in service. If this disturbs you, it should. In circumstances like these, airline companies are ignoring your safety, which should be their top priority -- not profits.

The airlines' luck could run out

Ignoring safety issues long enough will undoubtedly result in tragedy. At some point, the airlines' luck will run out, and you could pay the price. 

The airline company owes you a duty to get you to your destination safely, and that means making sure the plane you are on is in good working order. Cutting corners on maintenance or ignoring maintenance issues is not good for anyone.