to the Editor
& the Continental Strike of
response to the question posed:
"Did the Deregulation act
have an adverse affect on airline
wrote "Unions representing airline
that [grinding hidden axes] on a regular
basis, so you have to be very careful
about safety information that comes from
source like that. Sometimes
provide valuable contributions (like
submission to the NETS [sic] on the
defects in the 737 rudder design), but
many times they are deliberately
distorting the truth to serve their own
not serving your own agenda?
Airlines employed me until the strike by
workers union] in 1983. Some
the people who crossed the picket lines
were upgraded from untrained,
unskilled positions to mechanic
positions with responsibilities far
their skill levels. Continental
hired replacement workers ahead of the
They took people from any walk of
life with very low levels of training,
with virtually no experience and placed
them in positions where highly competent
and skilled personnel formerly worked.
truth of the matter is that deregulation
the lives of the flying public in the
hands of untrained, unskilled personnel.
Whether you want to accept this
fact is your option, but please print
truth, not just your opinion, whatever
your "AGENDA" is.
writer refused, after two requests, to
confirm he wrote this letter.
Therefore, his “truth” must
necessarily be published without his
or E-mail address attached.]
ALPA's submission to the NTSB on the
in the 737 rudder design),"
If devotion to truth,
constitutes an agenda, then you can
say that my agenda is to expose
deliberate falsehoods in regards to
That is why I would not
allow Capt. Harwood to get away with his
adjustments to the findings of fact, by
the NTSB, in the Valujet accident he
mentioned in his letter. Valujet
the writer’s statement: The truth
matter is that deregulation placed
the lives of the flying public in
of untrained, unskilled personnel. Whether
want to accept this fact is your
option, but please print the truth,
just your opinion, whatever your
expressed my opinion and the writer is
His belief is not
the equivalent of fact.
If he has factual data, to prove
his claims of unqualified employees now
running the airline show, as opposed to
what existed before deregulation, then
by all means I urge him to send it to AirlineSafety.Com.
And, he might also send along
data that explains why the overall
rate has continued to decline since
1978, despite skilled employees being
replaced with unskilled ones -- if
that is factual.
Deregulation resulted in unskilled
skilled, but the accident rate continued
its downward trend, would it be fair to
infer that unskilled employees do a
to the Letters to the Editor page.