Hearing about all the cracks on Southwest planes was starting to make me feel a little wary of flying on my favorite budget airline, but some readers think that it can actually be a good thing. Here's what they had to say:
- When airlines find a major flaw, then tend to overhaul and over-inspect everything immediately after. Plus, to woo back customers that might be scared, they'll most likely lower prices. If anything, the next few months should be the best and safest times to fly with Southwest! (I am just saying this so that I can feel better about flying to Vegas via Southwest next month.) — enginerdette
- Not to burst anyone's bubble, but all airlines buy their planes from manufacturers then place their name on them. So the fact that Southwest was the first to find this problem means they will be the first to recognize and fix. For the other airlines, they may have the same problem, but have not checked yet. Either way this is a scary matter and should be investigated by all airlines. I pray that incidence has caused Southwest to become even safer than previously . . . since I have already bought non-refundable tickets prior to this for next week. — arrighi2
It's true that many of the carriers are bought from the same manufacturers, however, as this Business Insider article points out: "Southwest’s all-737 fleet, together with its highly efficient, if stressful, use of its aircraft, makes it the U.S. airline that probably is most vulnerable to these failures."
It seems that what it comes down to is mostly the price. Unless similar events keep happening, it seems like people will still favor the budget airline.