"The number of inflight incidents that Allegiant has had speaks volumes, it is simply unacceptable", Alan Price, a former chief pilot for Delta Air Lines, told The Associated Press.
Last year, Allegiant Air flight attendants picketed outside McCarran International Airport while on strike.
Nelson has asked Department of Transportation inspector general Calvin Scovel to specifically review internal communications between the FAA and Allegiant "to ensure that no efforts are being undertaken to impede a full and forthright investigation of the airline's maintenance and operational issues".
In the memo, the airline Allegiant had completely blamed the "report" on a employee who has been terminated.
Sioux Falls Airport Manager Dan Letellier says that Allegiant does about 16 to 17 percent of the business at Joe Foss Field.
If 60 Minutes had been interested in current information, they would have reported that today, according to just-released Department of Transportation data, Allegiant is a leader in reliability, with the second-lowest cancelation rate among all US airlines. "And I was wondering, oh no, tomorrow, I got to fly this airline, and it was like scary", said Melissa Termin of Mahaffey.
There wasn't an incoming or departing Allegiant flight at the time, but passengers who saw the report said, it shook them.
Allegiant, however, is fighting back, countering that the 60 Minutes segment told a "false narrative" about the airline's record with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), according to a statement issued by Eric Gust, its vice-president of operations. As of February 2, Allegiant operated 37 McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 planes and 53 Airbus A320 jets. The company is now in the process of phasing out some of its older planes, such as the MD-80 that are known for having more mechanical issues than others.
It says Allegiant had more than 40 in-flight emergencies or unscheduled landings in 2016, and is nearly four times more likely to experience a mid-flight breakdown than Delta, United or American airlines.
But Allegiant has been retiring those MD-80 planes, which frequently encounter service problems. Gust also said Allegiant complies with all FAA requirements and participates in numerous voluntary safety programs.
The Federal Aviation Administration said all of the incidents from 2016 to late 2017 have since been addressed, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Ron Lopez was also boarding the flight from Stockton to Las Vegas Monday. In 2016, the agency moved up a routine review of the airline by two years after a series of aborted takeoffs and other safety incidents.
"We had one just 12 months ago on United Airlines for $435,000 for operating air crafts that were considered not air worthy". The employees worked for an Allegiant Air subcontractor, Worldwide Flight Services. None of those incidents led to enforcement action from the FAA.