When hitting the sky.. as passengers..our biggest worry should be what *we leave behind. but after hundreds of Southwest airplanes took flight, without proper safety checks.. the stress has turned to what the *inspectors may have forgotten .
Right now the FAA is in the hot seat in Washington for allegedly becoming too friendly with airlines. Congress is now questioning the delay of a 10-million dollar Southwest fine. Two whistle blowers have come forward admitting after they informed the administration of improper inspections, their employment was threatened.
" He made the following statement.. you have a good job here your wife has a good job .. I'd hate to see you jeopardize yours and her career" says the employee
Robert Pike is an Emery Air inspector here in Rockford.. he says the recent national uproar is just another reminder to check his list twice.
"it's possible to over look something when you thought it was accomplished when in fact it wasn't and until someone goes back and does the research they might not not that until they do the research and find it" Says Robert
Pike adds that although there are more than 400 steps on his checklist, safety is always his first priority.