In light of the recent crashes involving two Boeing jets and the subsequent grounding of planes, it is not unreasonable for residents in New York to ask questions and investigate just how safe it is or is not to board a commercial aircraft today. Aircraft manufacturers and airlines themselves are just some of the entities with responsibility for passenger safety. At every step of the way, safety should be the top priority.
However, as Travel Pulse recently reported, some airline mechanics are asserting that profits are the priority ahead of safety. Instead of being lauded for following all protocols, some workers say they are asked why they can't skip steps to get work done faster. They also allege that during the course of performing a task, they are told not to report or document any additional problems they may notice.
These allegations are part of a report issued by CBS News and represent the culmination of an investigation spanning eight months. Working outside of one's identified scope is something the mechanics interviewed in the investigation say they are told they cannot or should not do. This includes notifying anyone of a new problem. Instead, they are told to ignore problems and simply take care of their task at hand.
Damage to fuselages, worn brakes and worn tires are some of the things the mechanics indicate they are forced to overlook. Instead of creating a culture of safety, it seems that domestic airlines may be creating a culture of shortcuts that may expose the public to serious risks.