Allegiant passengers react to news magazine's investigation of airline's safety

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Allegiant Air was the subject of Sunday's episode of "60 Minutes" on CBS.

Allegiant says the incidents cited were outdated, although the news magazine did examine an additional 100 incidents between early 2016 and late 2017.

Following a seven-month investigation, the CBS program said Federal Aviation Administration reports showed that Allegiant airplanes are "nearly three and a half times more likely to have serious in-flight mechanical failures than other U.S. Airlines".

"I've encouraged my family, my friends and myself not to fly on Allegiant", former presidential appointee to the National Transportation Safety Board John Goglia told "60 Minutes".

A 60 Minutes report says an accident is overdue.

In addition, Gust alleges that the 60 Minutes report was "instigated" by an ex-employee that is trying to extract money from Allegiant.

Responding to growing pressure on its regulation of Allegiant, the FAA said it was "committed to pursuing the highest level of aviation safety".

Allegiant Air may be able to weather a scathing "60 Minutes" report on the low-price airline's ugly safety record. He said the message to other Allegiant pilots was "that you better not "waste" company resources in a conflict with safety", which he said seemed to indicate that the airline was putting economics over safety.

There wasn't an incoming or departing Allegiant flight at the time, but passengers who saw the report said, it shook them. Most flights out of Mesa are operated with Airbus aircraft. "The story is outdated, bears no resemblance to the Allegiant I know, and shows a real and troubling misunderstanding of the FAA's rigorous oversight of Allegiant and all USA airlines". Most of the problems were associated with the MD-80 aircraft, which are among the oldest aircraft operating today.

"Had I known that that was an issue that Allegiant had, it's certainly something I would have taken into consideration before booking a flight", says passenger Molly Walnum who arrived at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway on her very first Allegiant flight.

Davis added that he wouldn't put any client on a flight to Allegiant if he thought the airline was incompetent or unsafe. We'll get you up in the air as soon as possible.' As we started taxiing, everything was going OK and then as soon as the wheels came up, the engine blew.

But we haven't had any problems with Allegiant's flights here.

Steven Allen, an Allegiant pilot, also issued a statement saying he is "deeply offended by the accusations" in the story.

"We've flown it many times, we've never had any problems", said one person in line for TSA.

Since the 1990s, the FAA has stressed voluntary reporting of potential safety issues before taking punitive enforcement actions. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., called for an investigation into the FAA's handling of safety-related incidents involving Allegiant Air.

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