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FAA, TSA, NTSB, Boeing, Defective parts...I've had it!

Travel Forums General Talk FAA, TSA, NTSB, Boeing, Defective parts...I've had it!

1. Posted by mcspooty (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

I've been reading everywhere about the incompetencies of the air travel industry, from security shortcomings to the use of defective parts by Boeing. I want it to change, and I want to take action.

Is there anything I can do? This is a democracy and surely I can do something like start a petition. Any suggestions?

2. Posted by Zoom (Full Member 131 posts) 10y

SHORT ANSWER: No LONG ANSWER: No , there's nothing you can do. Start a petition that says what? We, the under signed won't fly on any Boeing planes till you straighten out? There's only BOEING and AIRBUS out there basically and I doubt you can do a multy stop trip to ANYWHERE and TOTALLY avoid using a Boeing plane. Any Suggestions? Yeah, enjoy being 19 and the idea that it's so easy to change things. I was like that once to. As you get older you will find out that there's very little you can do about ANYTHING. Half the US wants GW Bush Impeached and that ain't happening so ...think about it. Best you can do is make the money of a Bill Gates and that will give you SOME power. My advice if you're disturbed by all this. Don't fly OR take a few Valium, have some beer or wine, and it will get you to stop worrying. If you happen to crash it was meant to be - your number came up, ain't no getting out of it when your number comes up. BTW, what makes you think we live in a Democracy ? Those are just empty words - you have Zero representation in reality (unless you're a multi millionaire or own Wal Mart). You can take a magic maker and add 2 zero's on a 1 dollar bill but that doesn't make it a 100 dollar bill. Remember, the middle sectoin of the word beLIEve is LIE. Become a rock star, then you can fly those small private jets - there's the solution. Zoom'

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting mcspooty

I've been reading everywhere about the incompetencies of the air travel industry, from security shortcomings to the use of defective parts by Boeing. I want it to change, and I want to take action.

Is there anything I can do? This is a democracy and surely I can do something like start a petition. Any suggestions?

I think you have little fear of flying. I am sure that it is really not that bad. Just pick a reliable airline (such as KLM or Gulf air) and you will be perfectly fine.

4. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

The airlines and the aircraft manufacturers have to weigh up the costs v's safety.
Nothing is 100% safe, so they have to try and strike a balance between the safety of their passengers and crew to that of making money.
With the current trend for low cost air travel, the airlines are reducing the time spent on checking and mantenance of the aircrafts. Aircraft don't make money whilst sitting on the ground.
Safety is comprimised to a certian extent, but those are the sacrifices people make for cheap flights. The regulator bodies are there to enforce the minimum standard only.
To change the way aircraft are operated, you need to change or influence the system. Air crash investagations which find fault in the system or design usually have a direct link to the design or operation of aircraft. A good example of this is when the De Havaland Comet had several crashes the fleet was grounded and extensive testing was carried out to find out why these jets were falling out of the sky. It was discovered that fatigue cracks initiated from the windows were causing the depressurisation of the cabing and subsequent crashing. From these tests todays aircraft have round windows (no sqare edges) to prevent the stress points.
Safety usually comes from companies being compelled to do so by the goverment agencies.
The rules can be changed, all it needs is someone to stand up and start it off. If we all took the attitude that we can't do anything to influence these agencies and companies, there wouldn't be any point in getting out of bed in the morning.
Good luck in your quest, it's a nobel one.
If tighter restrictions on aircraft condition/safety are implemented, this would also result in the reduction in air travel by older inefficient craft (enviromental benifits).
Flying is still one of the safest way to travel.