Southwest Pilots Say Airline Trying To "Intimidate" Mechanics

Alan Scaia
February 27, 2019 - 8:14 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Pilots for Southwest Airlines say management declared an operational emergency last week as a "veiled attempt designed to intimidate our mechanics."

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association posted an open letter online, saying the declaration caused "unnecessary fear and safety concerns in our passengers and the flying public."​

Southwest has been negotiating a contract with the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, and the airline says mechanics pulled an "unprecedented" number of plans from service after a round of negotiations earlier this month.

At Love Field, fog was delaying some flights Wednesday morning. Passengers who were waiting say they trust mechanics to use their judgment.

"If they say the plane isn't good, then don't let people get on there," one passenger said.

"They have a right to do that," another man headed to Washington DC said. "I know a lot of people feel that for safety reasons, they'd rather have the maintenance done now than when we get to a certain point down the road."

Online: Southwest Airlines Pilots Association LetterSouthwest Airlines Statement