Today, some folks are saying that perhaps the FAA and Southwest are a little too cozy. After all, the airline in March agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine for operating thousands of flights without doing required safety inspections for cracks in the fuselage. Now they're using unapproved parts. Maybe the FAA is using a "three strikes" tack? I know airlines are really up against it in this economy, but most passengers draw the line at safety. Fliers deserve to know that the FAA will keep airlines, even hugely influential ones like Southwest, from crossing that line.