Severe Safety Alert: Disney Guests at Risk While Flying, Hundreds of Boeing Planes Set to Explode

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There are further concerns when it comes to the constant breakdowns and technical issues with Boeing planes, which million of Disney guests use every year, and if you have a trip planned, this new information is something you need to know about before you hop aboard that aircraft, whether you’re flying Delta, American Airlines, Air Canada, West Jet, Southwest, Spirit, Jet Blue, or any other airline.

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Despite a record number of Americans taking to the skies for Memorial Day weekend, a recent incident involving a Boeing aircraft experiencing “extreme turbulence” has reignited concerns about the company’s safety record. This is certainly major news for Disney travelers, especially since Orlando International Airport is expecting around 1 million guests this holiday weekend.

Comedian John Oliver captured the public’s growing unease, stating, “You know things are bad when the general public is getting this knowledgeable about specific plane models.”

These concerns are further amplified by the recent deaths of two outspoken critics of Boeing’s safety practices. While the causes of death were suicide and sudden infection, the timing has raised eyebrows. This follows a January incident where a door fell off a Boeing-built Alaska Airlines flight, prompting a $160 million compensation settlement last month.

This incident coincided with Congress reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amidst a $105 billion five-year funding package. However, the bill’s passage came just days after the Justice Department accused Boeing of violating a 2021 agreement to avoid criminal charges related to the 737 Max crashes of 2018 and 2019.

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The agreement included a $2.5 billion fine and a commitment to improved safety practices. Families of crash victims are scheduled to meet with the Justice Department this week to demand a “satisfactory remedy” for Boeing’s alleged ongoing criminal conduct.

Adding fuel to the fire, a third Boeing whistleblower testified before Congress about the company’s alleged shortcuts in production, potentially increasing the risk of future accidents. This testimony aligns with the statement from Javier de Luis, who lost his sister in a Boeing plane crash. De Luis, a professor of aeronautics at MIT, highlighted the company’s seemingly contradictory messaging: “Safety is our number one priority,” while prioritizing production deadlines over thorough procedures.

Despite these serious safety concerns, pressure to keep the FAA running took precedence. Congress prioritized passing the FAA bill to avoid further disruptions to air travel, acknowledging shortcomings but delaying their full exploration.

The National Transportation Safety Board identified “gaps in Boeing’s safety journey” after the door incident, where the missing bolts were supposed to be installed at the factory.

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However, the company appears to be benefiting from its “too-big-to-fail” status. Election-year politics and lobbying efforts from unions representing airlines, pilots, and air traffic controllers prioritized passing the FAA bill, with safety concerns taking a backseat.

The final legislation focused on passenger refunds, seating arrangements for families, and increased air traffic control staffing to reduce delays. Congressional self-interest also played a role, with provisions for expanded long-haul flight options from a conveniently located airport near Capitol Hill.

The FAA bill’s passage represents a postponement, not a resolution, of the Boeing safety issue. President Biden signed the legislation, but major questions remain regarding leadership at Boeing. CEO Dave Calhoun has announced his resignation by year’s end, but has yet to appear before a Senate subcommittee investigating the matter.

Shareholder concerns about Boeing’s safety culture have also surfaced, prompting calls for new leadership. Whether the company can regain public trust hinges on its commitment to prioritizing safety and cooperating with ongoing investigations.

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Now, a report from the Daily Mail raises concerns about a potential safety issue with Boeing’s 777 jets. The report details an electrical flaw, termed “electrostatic discharge,” which could pose a significant risk to the aircraft’s fuel tanks. This issue has the potential to cause catastrophic consequences, including wing fires or explosions.

The Daily Mail’s report on a potential electrical issue with Boeing’s 777 jets adds another layer to the company’s recent public relations challenges. The FAA reportedly flagged the “electrostatic discharge” concern in March, requesting a response from Boeing by May 9th. While the response status remains unclear, a Boeing spokesperson clarified that the FAA notice was a “proposed rulemaking,” seeking Boeing’s input before mandating any fixes to the 777 series.

This incident follows a series of setbacks for Boeing, including mid-air door failures, engine fires, and tragic crashes. Earlier this year, John Barnett, a former Boeing quality manager turned whistleblower, raised concerns on TMZ about the company allegedly overlooking safety issues for years. Sadly, Mr. Barnett passed away by suicide while involved in a lawsuit against Boeing.

In response to the Daily Mail report, Boeing issued a statement denying the most critical aspects. They characterize the report as “misleading and reckless,” highlighting its misrepresentation of a standard regulatory process that has contributed to air travel’s exceptional safety record.

“This story is misleading and reckless. It makes incorrect connections and sensationalizes the standard regulatory process that has helped ensure air travel is the safest form of transportation. This is not an immediate safety of flight issue.” The Boeing spokesperson continues, “There are multiple redundancies designed into modern commercial airplanes to ensure protection for electromagnetic effects. The 777 fleet has been operating for nearly 30 years, and has safely flown more than 3.9 billion passengers.”

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Boeing emphasizes that the issue does not pose an immediate safety concern and that the 777 fleet, with its multiple redundancies against electromagnetic effects, has safely transported over 3.9 billion passengers in its nearly 30 years of operation.

With so many flights having issues within the Boeing fleets, traveling to locations such as Walt Disney World, one of the most visited vacation destinations in the world, a family vacation is now becoming a safety hazard. That being said, we are about to enter one of the busiest times at Walt Disney World as kids are soon going to be out of school.

Whenever there is a holiday, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom are all much busier than normal, plus, with EPCOT fully opening in June with the opening of CommuniCore and the new Encanto show, the new Dreams That Soar drone show at Disney Springs, and Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opening, there is a lot more demand to visit the House of Mouse.

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