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Aviation Airlines Corruption
AIRLINES CORRUPTION AND ISSUES Not every airline is covered nor every related corruption and issue  - a few are listed for a variety of reasons American/US Airways     United Airlines     Southwest Airlines    American/US AIrways Merger;  American Airlines Calling on the DOJ: The Great American Heist: How Collusion and Nepotism Defrauded the Flight Attendants and Cheated Them Excerpt: Calling on William J. Baer, Esq, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice.  I am writing you today as a flight attendant with American Airlines represented by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) with the intent of filing a complaint.  As you know, American Airlines merged with U.S. Airways last year. As part of that merger, APFA President Laura Glading agreed to an expedited negotiations process with U.S. Airways CEO Doug Parker to reach a single-carrier contract with the newly formed airline. That agreement, initially referred to as the “Bridge Agreement,” was later called the Conditional Labor Agreement (CLA), and it outlined how the APFA would negotiate with the newly merged airline. https://callingonthedoj.wordpress.com/ LA Times: Confrontation http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-american-airlines-confrontation-20170422-story.html Anticorruption Digest: American Airlines workers were targets of alleged $17 million hearing aid scam (04/28/2017) http://anticorruptiondigest.com/news-topics/american-airlines/#axzz4n5zmPqf8 United Airlines Corruption               New York Times: United Faces $435,000 Fine, Accused of Flying Plane 23 Times Without Inspecting Repair, F.A.A. Says. By Christine Hauser (05/31/2017) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/business/united-airlines-faa- fine.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FBoeing%20Company&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&c ontentPlacement=4&pgtype=collection The Atlantic: Another Corruption Scandal in New Jersey:  The CEO of United Airlines has stepped down amid a federal investigation. (09/08/2015) https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2015/09/united-airlines-corruption-christie/404341/ Chicago Tribune:  Jeff Smisek's United golden parachute: At least $8.4 million.  By Coroline Shropshire (09/09/2015) http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-united-smisek-severance-0910-biz-2-20150909-story.html Defrauding America:  United Airlines/FAA http://www.defraudingamerica.com/faa_corruption.html Excerpt: he problems with arrogance and corruption in the FAA air carrier operations branch were only part of the problems that Stich faced. These problems within the FAA would not have surfaced if certain key people at United Airlines had not engaged in corrupt practices that violated blocks of major federal aviation safety requirements, which they sought to cover up by falsifying government-required records. This practice resulted in a continuation of a series of airline crashesmore than all the other airlines combined. This misconduct included, for instance:Not providing crewmembers the legally required and industry accepted training for its crewmembers.  Falsifying government-required records to indicate the flight training was accomplished when the training had not been done.  No providing emergency evacuation training on the yearly basis and then falsifying records to falsely indicate that the training had been done.  Denying government inspectors access to air safety records that are required to be made accessible to federal inspectors.  Competency levels of pilots and flight engineers conducted by FAA-approved airline personnel had an anything-goes standard, which eliminated the need for additional training and saved the airline considerable money.  United Airlines personnel pressurizing FAA management to suspend or transfer government inspectors who reported the dangerous and felonious problems.  UAL management threatening inspectors that the airline would cause an inspector to be transferred if he didn't start pleasing the airline. http://www.defraudingamerica.com/faa_corruption.html NBC: United AIrlines and Port Authority Corruption http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/David-Samson-to-Plead-Guilty-United-Airlines-Probe-Newark-Airport-Port- Authority-386723661.html Washington Post: United Airlines chief steps down amid federal investigation. By Drew Harwell and Katie Zezima (09/08/2015) Excerpt: The resignations were linked to an investigation exploring whether the air carrier launched a money-losing flight from Newark to Columbia, S.C., to benefit the influential then-chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who owned a vacation home near Columbia.  The route, which became known as the “chairman’s flight,” became a bargaining chip in the thorny relationship between the then-struggling airline and Newark Liberty International Airport, one of its key profit centers. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/united-airlines-chief-to-step-down-amid-federal- investigation/2015/09/08/de44c496-566c-11e5-abe9-27d53f250b11_story.html?utm_term=.2461ef21929f Southwest Airlines               ABC News: Southwest Sued Over Nursery Rhyme - Give me a break! By John Stossel (04/12/year?) http://abcnews.go.com/2020/GiveMeABreak/story?id=123728 Excerpt: Here's how the rhyme goes now: Eenie, meenie, minie mo. Catch a tiger by the toe. If he hollers, let him go. Eenie, meenie, minie mo. But years ago, some said not "catch a tiger by the toe," but "catch a nigger by the toe." That's why the women say they deserve money — "punitive damages." They suffered "severe emotional distress," because they were "unable to escape the airplane, which was … poisoned with racism." Please. It's true that the rhyme was once a hurtful part of America's racist past, but today few people even know about that. Even Big Bird said it on Sesame Street. The 22-year-old flight attendant said she didn't know anything about "Eenie, Meenie's" racist past — she'd just heard other staff use the rhyme to get passengers to sit. If American discrimination law means the most sensitive of us get to decide what speech is permissible, then we have all lost important freedom. Give me a break! http://abcnews.go.com/2020/GiveMeABreak/story?id=123728 CBS News: FAA Whistleblower Says He Was Threatened. By “CBS News” (04/03/2008) http://www.cbsnews.com/news/faa-whistleblower-says-he-was-threatened/ A House committee reported the findings of its investigation into the Federal Aviation Agency's safety oversight Thursday and heard testimony from airline safety inspectors and the Transportation Department's inspector general. The whistleblowers who exposed maintenance and inspection problems at Southwest Airlines told Congress their jobs were threatened and their reports of noncompliance were ignored for years by their superiors.FAA inspector Douglas Peters choked up Thursday at the hearing and needed a few sips of water to tell lawmakers about how a former manager came into his office, commented on pictures of Peters' family being most important, and then said his job could be jeopardized by his actions. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/faa-whistleblower-says-he-was-threatened/ Dallas News: Southwest Airlines agrees to pay $2.8 million to settle federal government lawsuit. By Sheryl Jean (12/2015) https://www.dallasnews.com/business/airlines/2015/12/21/southwest-airlines-agrees-to-pay-2-8-million-to-settle- federal-government-lawsuit Why pilots union sued SW Airlines to keep Boeing 737 Max grounded. By Conor Shine (05/16/2016) https://www.dallasnews.com/business/airlines/2016/05/16/why-pilots-union-sued-southwest-airlines-to-keep-boeing- 737-max-grounded LA Times: United Airlines pays $37 million to ex-CEO who quit amid a corruption investigation. By Hugo Martin (05/03/2016) http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-united-severance-20160503-snap-story.html Excerpt on SW Airlines: In other SEC filings, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. reported that its chief executive, Gary Kelly, received compensation of $5.9 million in 2015, more than half of which came in the form of stock awards. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-united-severance-20160503-snap-story.html Law 36o: Southwest AIrlines ignored harasser: EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). By Shannon Henson (09/27/2006) The case is EEOC v. Southwest Airlines, case number 06-5989 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California. https://www.law360.com/articles/10882/southwest-airlines-ignored-harasser-eeoc Top Class Actions: Southwest Airlines class action says money credits cancelled without notice. By Anne Bucher (04/17/2017) https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/618620-southwest-airlines-class-action-says-money- credits-cancelled-without-notice/ SETexasRecord: SW Airlines flight attendants class action lawsuit/union, seek recall of board members. By Dee Thompson (02/21/2017) http://setexasrecord.com/stories/511082963-southwest-airlines-flight-attendants-file-class-action-lawsuit-against- union-seek-recall-of-board-members
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