Articles tagged “air safety”

Southwest Flight Social Feeds Remind Airlines Tragedies Are Public in Real Time Now

Southwest Flight Social Feeds Remind Airlines Tragedies Are Public in Real Time Now

Micheline Maynard, Skift

The Southwest accident shows how bold passengers have become in using social media. For now, the FAA isn’t taking steps to curb their activities.

1 day ago

Weakness in Jet Engine Metal Can Stay Hidden Despite Inspections

Weakness in Jet Engine Metal Can Stay Hidden Despite Inspections

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Experts say it's hard to fully identify potential weaknesses in jet engine metal. With so much attention focused on the issue following the Southwest engine explosion, new and better techniques should be developed.

7 days ago

Southwest Airlines Passenger Death Ends Nine Years Without a Fatality

Southwest Airlines Passenger Death Ends Nine Years Without a Fatality

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Air travel in the U.S. has had a remarkable safety record in recent years. But there is clearly room for improvement. While the type of engine failure that killed a Southwest passenger is rare, a thorough investigation — followed by action — is essential to prevent it from happening again.

1 week ago

Southwest Engine Blowout Causes First U.S. Passenger Airline Fatality in 9 Years

Southwest Engine Blowout Causes First U.S. Passenger Airline Fatality in 9 Years

Alan Levin and Thomas Black, Bloomberg

This story was getting widespread attention even before confirmation that a passenger had died. It's every air traveler's nightmare. While nine years without a fatality is still a reassuring track record, Southwest — and all airlines — must learn from the investigation to better prevent such a catastrophe in the future.

1 week ago

How Damaging Will a 60 Minutes Report Be to Allegiant Air?

How Damaging Will a 60 Minutes Report Be to Allegiant Air?

Brian Sumers, Skift

The 60 Minutes report on Sunday about Allegiant Air was solid, serious journalism. But it wasn't much of a surprise to industry insiders, who have known about the carrier's issues for awhile. Will executives have to deal with a wider fallout now?

1 week ago

U.S. Aviation Sector Was Penetrated by Russian Hackers in 2017

U.S. Aviation Sector Was Penetrated by Russian Hackers in 2017

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

The specifics on which parts of the U.S. aviation sector were hacked are sparse, although the intrusion doesn't seem to have involved airlines directly. Still, the vulnerabilities are not good news.

1 month ago

Vietnam Seeks Higher Air Safety Rating to Fly to Los Angeles

Vietnam Seeks Higher Air Safety Rating to Fly to Los Angeles

Dong Lyu and Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Vietnam already committed to increasing inbound travel from Europe, thanks to Air France. But long-haul outbound travel will be much more difficult if Vietnam can't meet these safety standards.

3 months ago