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While almost everyone knows about airlines like Frontier and Spirit, Allegiant is a US ultra low cost carrier that often flies under the radar. They operate flights primarily to & from secondary cities, so it’s possible that you haven’t even seen one of their planes before at a major airport.
There’s one thing that makes Allegiant especially different from other US carriers, and that’s their alarming safety record. For a few years various media outlets have been covering this, though last night there was a “60 Minutes” segment on the airline, which is perhaps the most detailed exposé that we’ve seen of them. You can watch it here, if you’d like:
Unfortunately this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Not only does the airline operate an outdated fleet, but they apparently actively encourage pilot not to report maintenance issues, and also make them think twice about ordering the evacuation of a plane.
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