Southwest Airlines Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Unsafe 737 Flights
Southwest Airlines intentionally transported passengers on Boeing 737 MAX aircraft that were defective, unsafe, and unfit for flight, according to a new class action lawsuit.
Christine Monahan et al. v. Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines, according to lead plaintiffs Christine Monahan, Renee Iannotti, and Lillian Taylor violated its contract with passengers by letting them board on unsafe planes, failing to properly train its pilots to fly the jets, and violating Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.
Monahan, Iannotti, and Taylor are seeking to represent themselves as well as a nationwide Class of individuals who made a purchase on a Southwest aircraft between August 29, 2017, and March 13, 2019, according to the lawsuit.
Following two catastrophic incidents, the FAA prohibited passengers from boarding Boeing 737 MAX planes in 2019, the class action lawsuit states.
Southwest Airlines, according to the plaintiffs, issued a public statement on March 11, 2019, two days before the airplanes were grounded by the FAA, reassuring customers that the planes were safe.
737 MAX Accidents
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX Class Action Lawsuit claims that the 737 MAX was so dangerous and unsafe that, following the crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 (JT610/LNI610) on October 29, 2018, and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 (ET302/ETH302) on March 10, 2019, the FAA grounded the 737 MAX on March 13, 2019.
According to the class action lawsuit, the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft were grounded for 20 months following two incidents that claimed the lives of 189 and 157 people, respectively. The Federal Aviation Administration and other regulatory agencies approved the planes’ return to the air in late 2020.
Boeing’s 737 MAX airplanes, according to Monahan, Iannotti, and Taylor, were manufactured with a flawed avionics system that would automatically drive the plane’s nose towards the earth if it crashed. In the class action lawsuit, it is claimed that Southwest’s pilots were both unaware of the faulty system and helpless to prevent the activity from taking place.
Southwest Airlines Still Allowed 737 MAX Flights
In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs argue that Southwest breached its contract with customers and overcharged them by selling tickets for air travel that included guarantees of safety, appropriate pilot training, and regulatory compliance when in reality, passengers were taking a risk by flying on the unsafe Boeing 737 MAX.
According to the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX Class Action Lawsuit, passengers in the U.S. fully expect and demand safe air travel. The government collects taxes to fund a regulatory structure that ensures safe travel, and they pay airfares to airlines that ensure safe travel. They punish unsafe airlines and flights by refusing to do business with them.
Monahan, Iannotti, and Taylor are requesting a jury trial and are asking for actual and/or compensatory damages on behalf of themselves and the whole class members.
In March 2020, a group of eight Southwest flight attendants brought a class action lawsuit against Boeing, alleging that the company concealed significant safety information about the 737 MAX. An Illinois federal judge later ruled in favor of the aircraft manufacturer and dropped the claims.
Editor’s Note on Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX Class Action Lawsuit:
This article is written to inform you of the class action lawsuit filed against Southwest Airlines over unsafe 737 MAX flights. Similarly, a class action was also filed against Spirit Airlines for their shortcut boarding upgrades.
Case Name & No.: Christine Monahan et al. v. Southwest Airlines, Case No. 6:21-cv-00887
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas Waco Division
Products/Services: 737 MAX Airplanes
Allegations: Southwest Airlines allegedly violated its contract to its passengers by letting them fly on unsafe planes
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