The U.S. FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is reviewing Southwest Airlines for widespread failure to precisely observe the combined weight of checked baggage loaded onto its jets, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Monday. The U.S. aviation security company’s year-long civil probe discovered systemic and significant errors with worker calculations and baggage-loading practices, leading to potential discrepancies when pilots compute take-off weights, the Journal mentioned, citing authorities’ officers and inside company paperwork. The FAA has not determined whether or not to impose fines or another punishment, and the report cited individuals acquainted with the investigation as saying.
The inaccuracies ranged from some dozen kilos to greater than 1,000 kilos in extra of what the paperwork indicated, sparking disputes between the corporate and a few company inspectors about potential security penalties, the report mentioned. An organization spokesman stated there might be an open Letter of Investigation (LOI) which is a typical mechanism for the FAA to document and share security pursuits or considerations with an airline.
The airline has not been issued fines and faces no enforcement motion relating to its weight and stability program, Southwest spokesman Brandy King mentioned. “On this case, the LOI addresses a difficulty that Southwest voluntarily reported to the FAA last year and since that point, Southwest has carried out controls to deal with weight and steadiness program issues, and shared these measures with the FAA,” King mentioned. The FAA couldn’t be instantly reached for the remark.