In March 2008, Southwest Airlines (SWA) became the center of attention over its admitted non-compliance with an Airworthiness Directive designed to prevent recurrence of cabin structure failure of an Aloha Airlines 737 in 1988. Before the facts could be revealed in a public hearing, the airline was both tarred and feathered by the mainstream media. Of course, never one to pass up a juicy news event, Congress jumped on board to bring the rails on which to carry SWA out of town. The facts ...

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