For a split second, I thought that the CEO of Allegiant had read my blog post – Don’t Fly Allegiant! – which details the questionable safety performance of the airline vis-a-vis a 60 Minutes segment and was responding directly to me. Alas, I am not that important. The email was more likely sent to anyone that has ever flown an Allegiant flight and inputted their email when making a reservation.
The CEO took on 60 Minutes’ reporting and was adamant that Allegiant was safe to fly. He added that Allegiant’s pilots and flight attendants work at Allegiant because it is a safe airline. He did not address why none of the pilots are discouraged from openly criticizing the airline.
In the video clip, the CEO spent more time sounding angry about the bad coverage that Allegiant had received than convincing me that 60 Minutes, my favorite news program, was not accurate in its portrayal of the airline. Even after hearing his pleas, I still have questions about Allegiant and remain unmotivated to fly the Greyhound of the skies again.
What about you, will you fly Allegiant?