I was talking about the airplane portion of our trip to Vegas with a friend this afternoon. I told him how much we like Southwest, though it upsets me much of their major maintenance is done in El Salvador.
I don’t know if this affects safety in the air. Offshored mechanics aren’t certified the same way. Many don’t speak English — the language of the service manuals.
Thousand of really good America jobs have vanished –poof–. That part affects us all even if you never fly.
This is a 100% economic issue for the airlines. There is no other advantage. My suspicion is the benefit to the airline doesn’t come close to offsetting the loss to their former employees.
Everyone talks about bringing back jobs. This is the perfect place to start. These are companies that can’t move their actual business offshore. Watcha gonna do Hillary or Donald or whoever gets to lead our nation? Watcha gonna do?
Why is there no penalty for this? No disincentive?
Why would we as a nation allow our well paid and highly skilled airplane mechanics to be replaced by foreign workers making a fraction of the money. How does this possibly benefit America?
Someone should ask all the candidates. If they can’t fix this they can’t fix anything.