Local customer asks Allegiant Air to guarantee safety or issue refund

Allegiant plane in the air

Safety experts say the numbers tell another story.

The investigation found hundreds of mechanical incidents, engine failures and unscheduled landings from January 2016 to this past fall.

Allegiant flies out of the Plattsburgh International Airport.

That was the question presented by a scathing CBS 60 Minutes report Sunday night that questioned whether the deep discount carrier is safe to fly.

After consulting with Goglia and other safety experts, 60 minutes concluded that the airline's aggressive business model, which has produced 60 straight quarters of profits, led to a lagging safety culture made worse by the oldest fleet of planes operating in the USA ("almost all of them purchased second-hand from foreign airlines") and a lack of parts and mechanics.

And it offered flights to Las Vegas in 2011 and 2012.

A CBS 60 Minutes report has found that Allegiant Air's planes are three and half times more likely to have mid-air mechanical failures than rival USA airlines.

Ratliff also said he trust the FAA to put safety first by making sure an airline is doing everything right, and that Allegiant is under pressure from this report to be doing everything right now.

Within hours of Sunday's piece, the Allegiant Airlines ticket counter at St. Pete-Clearwater was packed.

"The FAA has zero tolerance for intentional, reckless behavior, flagrant violations, or refusal to co-operate in corrective action by air carriers", it said in a statement, adding that it has "conducted ongoing evaluations of Allegiant's safety compliance, as it does with all carriers, and has not identified any significant or systemic problems with the carrier's current operation".

"I've never ever heard of an airline firing a pilot for an emergency evacuation", Loretta Alkalay, a 30 year veteran of the FAA who prosecuted enforcement cases, said.

In a memo to employees, CEO Maurice Gallagher and other executives said they were ready "to fight back" against the network.

In a written response sent to KELO.com News, Allegiant says the "star" source in the report is highly suspect.

Price, the former Delta chief pilot, said firing a pilot for ordering an evacuation would be "so far beyond the bound as to constitute safety malfeasance". Despite that, much of the flying public seems to be unaware of the airline's record, correspondent Steve Kroft said. The MD-80s' days are numbered, the airline says.

There are 17 airlines that fly out of Pittsburgh International. Gallagher was a founder, director and executive at ValuJet.

Investors fear that negative publicity will drive travellers away from Allegiant.

Shares of parent company Allegiant Travel Co. fell three per cent on Monday.

As airlines go, Allegiant is not a big player in Pittsburgh.

The "60 Minutes" story said, "The airline flew 12 million passengers past year on its 99 planes to 120 destinations from California to Florida".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paul Ryan backs Rep. Kevin McCarthy to succeed him as House speaker
Apr 16, 2018 - 02:12
Representative Walter Jones (R-N.C.), a conservative member, is not in the favor of McCarthy becoming the next speaker. If more high ranking Republicans retire, the Republicans will have a very hard time holding onto the House.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Manchester City win Premier League title as rivals United lose
Apr 16, 2018 - 02:10
United, its nearest contender, had been expected to cut that back to 13 - with five games to play - on Sunday . West Brom , however, angered United fans with the eyebrow-raising tweet they posted at the full-time whistle.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pence: NAFTA deal could be reached in several weeks
Apr 16, 2018 - 02:06
He learned only Tuesday that he would be attending in Trump's place so the president could manage the US response to Syria. Trudeau said Saturday that there have been "positive momentum" in the NAFTA talks.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Officials warn of severe thunderstorms Sunday night
Apr 16, 2018 - 02:03
Storms are expected to produce 40 to 60 miles per hour wind gusts and isolated gusts between 60 and 70 miles per hour . We're keeping a close eye on Sunday for the likelihood of heavy rain and possible severe thunderstorms.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Highlights From Last Night's Rock Hall Induction Ceremony
Apr 16, 2018 - 01:53
Band members thanked fans as they accepted their award after a speech from Ann Wilson , who praised their "natural intelligence". We snagged videos of all the visitors to the Rock Hall's press room.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top United Kingdom backs U.S. military action on Syria
Apr 16, 2018 - 01:48
A YouGov poll published on Thursday showed just one in five British voters supported a missile strike on Syria. Syria warned that it will have "no other choice" but to defend itself if the West launches military action.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Revisit the work of Milos Forman with these five films
Apr 15, 2018 - 00:37
Forman's first USA film " Taking Off " (1971) was also filmed with non-actors but failed to impress a non-European audience. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest , the 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson , and Amadeus both triumphed at the Oscars.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Even One Drink A Day Could Shorten Life Expectancy
Apr 15, 2018 - 00:33
The really heaviest drinkes out there might lose as many years of life as a smoker (ten years lost), the researchers say. In contrast to those findings, alcohol consumption was also linked with a slightly lower risk of nonfatal heart attack.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Google to launch Gmail redesign in coming weeks
Apr 15, 2018 - 00:31
The update will be first be available as an early access program for G Suite customers and people with personal accounts. The Go series is part of Google's plan to have their products more available in developing countries.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gardner Protects Colorado's Legal Marijuana Industry - Senator Cory Gardner
Apr 15, 2018 - 00:30
Senator Gardner placed a hold on Department of Justice nominees until he confirmed that Colorado's rights would not be infringed. Cory Gardner, a Republican, said he'd received an assurance from the president on the states' rights' issue earlier this week.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Artificial Intelligence, Robotics to boost firepower: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Apr 15, 2018 - 00:24
The ruling BJP has blamed the Opposition, led by the Congress party, for the washout of the Budget session. Every day the park receives at least 600 visitors, and 1,000-1500 on holidays.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ewok Hunt mode coming to Star Wars Battlefront 2
Apr 15, 2018 - 00:19
As well as bringing back microtransactions , the Endor update will also introduce a brand new multiplayer mode called Ewok Hunt . EA removed crystals a year ago following controversy over " Battlefront II's " microtransaction and loot box systems.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top CWG 2018: Gold rush for India on penultimate day
Apr 14, 2018 - 20:16
Chopra hurled the javelin to a distance of 80.42 metres to take the second place in Group A of the qualification round. Grappler strikes gold in 65kg event, Khatri, Pooja claim silver each; Divya bags bronze .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mama Winnie: Mourners pay their last respects to an inspirational leader
Apr 14, 2018 - 20:15
Tsholofelo Senwedi, from Taung in the North West, said: "I would like to pay my last respects to the mother of the nation ". Zukiswa Madikizela is one of Madikizela-Mandela's sisters, she says the family will miss the struggle stalwarts greatly.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ice Storm Warning will be in effect through Sunday
Apr 14, 2018 - 20:14
The ice accumulations (a quarter-inch or more possible in mid-Michigan) and strong winds may create numerous power outages. Risky winter driving conditions are expected on untreated roads Saturday and Sunday, worsened by fallen tree limbs.