Here’s What Actual Whistleblowers Want You To Know Before You Become One, Too. Exposing Misconduct.

Here’s What Actual Whistleblowers Want You To Know Before You Become One, Too

June 11, 2019

Boeing’s safety features and policies are under intense scrutiny after two 737 Max 8 jets crashed less than six months apart, killing everyone on board. And last week, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that more than 300 Boeing 737s may have faulty parts. In an apology about the crashes, CEO Dennis Muilenburg said, in part, that the company takes responsibility to “build and deliver airplanes to our airline customers and to the flying public that are safe to fly, and can be safely flown.”

But one Boeing whistleblower says he observed a different mission, in which safety was not the top responsibility. John Barnett, a former quality manager who worked at Boeing for almost three decades until he retired in 2017, filed a whistleblower complaint to federal regulators about his experiences at a South Carolina plant that manufactures Boeing’s 787s, including the Dreamliner. “I can’t sleep at night knowing that the flying public is at risk,” he said, later declaring, “I would not fly a Dreamliner.”

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