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Arabic Graffiti Found "Chemically Etched" on Several Southwest Jets

 
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Arabic Graffiti Found "Chemically Etched" on Several Southwest Jets
FBI investigate 'Arabic' graffiti written in invisible paint on several Southwest Airlines 737s


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Arabic Graffiti Found "Chemically Etched" on Southwest Jets

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Southwest Airlines investigates symbols tagged on planes



PHOENIX - Southwest Airlines management is asking its employees to be on the lookout for people marking or tagging its planes while parked at the gate.

According to an internal memo obtained by ABC15, “These unauthorized markings typically appear as symbols or words tagged on the exterior of the aircraft.”

On Monday afternoon, a Southwest Airlines spokesperson confirmed to ABC15 federal investigators are involved but wouldn’t elaborate on what exactly is being written on the 737s.



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The news report said This started in February but has increased the past month.
They have chemically etched the graffiti on the under bellies of the 737 planes near the engine area and landing gear area when the outer area of the plane heats up the graffiti gets brighter and shows more because of the chemicals they used to etch it.
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A 2008 audit by the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General identified nine carriers -- Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Southwest, United, AirTran, Alaska Airlines, America West, and Northwest -- that outsourced 71% of their heavy airframe maintenance checks in 2007. About 27% of these heavy airframe repairs were outsourced overseas. Drilling down a bit deeper, approximately 20% of airplanes are being maintained in developing countries.

A Transport Workers Union report [PDF] released this past April expresses alarm at the increasing amount of maintenance and repair work being performed on U.S airliners "in overseas maintenance facilities, including locations such as China, El Salvador, Mexico, Singapore and Chile."

From the report:


At Southwest, the most profitable airline of major passenger carriers, the outsourcing problem persists. Work restricted under an earlier agreement negotiated by a predecessor Union to only North American facilities is now being sent to Aeroman in El Salvador.


Okay, but surely the mechanics in El Salvador aren't any less capable than mechanics in the U.S., right? A plane's a plane. Except when the maintenance manuals are in English -- and you only speak Spanish.

Again, from the TWU:


Large numbers of employees at these foreign facilities do not speak English. This wouldn’t be a problem except the international language of aviation is English. Many of these foreign facilities do not translate the maintenance manuals and paperwork into the workers’ native language, but instead require one of the FAA licensed mechanics to translate.


Well, certainly the translations are accurate, no? These are passenger jets -- it's not like these guys are changing sparkplugs.

In fact, a 2009 investigation by NPR singled out Aeroman as a facility with particularly lax operating standards.

Here's what the law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman had to say:


One foreign shop, in particular, became the focus of NPR’s report on the industry’s growing trend of outsourcing maintenance. That particular facility is Aeroman repair station in El Salvador which made a mistake that could have potentially been catastrophic. In January 2009, a US Airways jet traveling from Omaha to Phoenix was forced to land in Denver after the pressure seal around the main cabin door started to fail. It was later discovered that the mechanics at Aeroman had installed an important door component backwards.
In another case at Aeroman, a mechanic crossed the wires connecting the gauges to a plane’s engines, a potentially catastrophic mistake that was thankfully caught by an airline employee before the plane left with passengers. According to records obtained by NPR, this was not the first instance of problems with wire connectors. In late September of 2009, US Airways discovered another wire mix-up caused by mechanics at Aeroman. Thankfully these mishaps were caught, and no one was hurt.

NPR also interviewed mechanics at the Aeroman repair shop who declared their own concerns regarding safety there. According to the mechanics, there is often a great deal of pressure to repair planes quickly, even if safety is sacrificed. They confessed that some employees stored glues at temperatures different than those required by law, which means that the glues could fail, potentially causing parts of the airplane to quite literally fall apart.

When asked about FAA inspections, the mechanics revealed that the inspections are pre-announced so management has time to prepare for the inspection and the FAA inspectors find nothing wrong.


I feel SO much safer now......is this yet another 'false flag' setup, for when something 'mysterious' happens to a plane, it can easily be blamed on an outsourced company doing maintenaince?????! Where does this incredible shit end? The airlines can't afford to maintain their own planes, and will blame a future 'accident' on an outsourced safety company? We are all doomed,,,,,this is ridiculous
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I hope its not a false flag
I can't see how anyone would have that much time to do something like this unless the were working on the under bellies of the airplanes. YOu would think they would be able to see you was responsible with all the camera's around at airports.

I'm sure there is more to this storie also they wouldn't want to hurt the airline business anymore in this kind of economy it could ruin Southwest

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