Oops, he did it again!
That’s right: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who spends more time transporting himself in private jets than he does serving the American people, has bungled yet again.
This time, Buttigieg is so intent on covering up his own private jet use that he’s clearly distracted the FAA with a major coverup, which in turn has blinded the federal agency to a serious safety hazard afflicting multiple American airlines.
As detailed in the New York Post, the FAA has persistently refused to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding Buttigieg’s taxpayer-funded private jet usage, much to the irritation of Americans for Public Trust (APT), which initiated the request.
A representative for APT, Jason Torchinsky, made it fairly clear that Americans have the right to know about their dollars going towards an “environmentalist’s” private government planes.
“The misuse of government resources for trips that blend personal and official travel is a serious violation of the public trust,” Torchinsky remarked wryly.
You don’t say.
And, while the FAA is busy covering up for Buttigieg, a crisis that could impact American travelers has unfolded right underneath the feckless federal agency’s nose.
A few weeks ago, this issue was raised on a pilots’ forum online, regarding the safety of aircraft.
“Seems like a company has been manufacturing bunk parts for a popular jet engine and somehow selling them to commercial clients. Apparently, they were forging ‘Authorized Release Certificates’ in order to make the products conformant for the customers, when in fact how/where they were created and within what standards remains a total mystery. I guess that’s one way to deal with supply shortages, or to appear you have magical inventory that no one else does, or to just undercut your competition. Just lie!” a concerned individual wrote on Pilots of America.
Lo and behold, the concerned individual was exactly right.
As the FAA covered up for Buttigieg, it let a number of nonsense engine parts sail right on into the nation, as reported in the British press.
“A company accused of selling bogus jet-engine parts which have been used in aircraft across the globe was started in the UK by a shadowy businessman who allegedly promoted the business with faked LinkedIn profiles and a ‘virtual’ office near Buckingham Palace …
AOG Technics supplied parts that have been used in at least 126 commercial aircraft engines in planes operated by companies including Delta and United. But the parts were allegedly backed up by forged paperwork and dozens of aircraft have been grounded for urgent maintenance,” the Daily Mail reported.
How about that. Quite scary really, especially when dangerous scammers are aware of an incompetent federal administration coupled with incompetent employees.
While the impacted planes are allegedly grounded for now, it does make one wonder about the rate of flight cancellations that may escalate once again.
Regardless, one can only hope that the FAA begins to focus more on American safety and less on Buttigieg coverups.
Author: Ofelia Thornton