Allegiant Air, with ultra-low fares, draws FAA's attention over safety concerns
|September 1, 2016||View for printing|
Kinzer's saga, now the subject of a court case in Nevada, involves one of dozens of incidents that have prompted scrutiny of the safety and maintenance practices at Allegiant Air https://www.allegiantair.com/ , a low-cost airline that has found a profitable niche by serving airports in small-to-midsize cities.
By Steven Mufson and Ashley Halsey III
I was flying back from Phoenix (Mesa)on Allegiant a few years ago and over the Grand Canyon, the pilot announced a "problem with the aircraft" and returned to Mesa where we disembarked and waited for a replacement plane. On the one hand I was grateful not to have fallen out of the sky, but resentful that there was not a maintenance protocol in place to have caught the "problem with the aircraft" before we left. One wonders if affordable flying is "traveler's roulette." It shouldn't be.
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