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The authors investigated an increase in problems at Sea-Tac International Airport when Alaska Airlines fired their baggage handlers and hired an outside firm, Menzies Aviation. to do the ramp work. Issues that arose in the report were ones of safety, training and security.
Alaska Airlines has long been admired for its bush-pilot swagger and has succeeded where other regional airlines have not. But critics say that heritage has evolved into a culture that condones sidestepping safety and maintenance regulations.
According to Alaska Airlines lead mechanic John Liotine, for "more than two years before the crash of Flight 261, (he) had inspected the part that investigators now believe caused the crash." Liotine considered the part worn and wanted it replaced, but the airlines failed to heed his recommendation. Liotine also launched a grand jury investigation alleging maintenance work reports were falsified.