What Happened to Safety First?

The New York Times quotes Michael Michaelis, the top safety official at the American Airlines pilots union and a 737 captain, about the Boeing 737 Max:

Would I go out and fly one today and put my family on it? Yeah, I would. Because I know how to fly it. But I would like to see the fix done and have a full briefing from the manufacturer about what this thing is really going to do and how it’s going to do it.

Why did Southwest and American Airlines continue to fly the Boeing 737 Max until the FAA forced them to ground the aircraft? Why didn’t they step up and put the safety of their passengers and crew first?

See also, Did Twitter Help Ground the Boeing 737 MAX?”

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