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Alaska and ground contractor have improved safety since Dec. 26 incident
9 June 2006

Alaska Airlines and its ground crew contractor, Menzies Aviation, have improved safety standards since the Dec. 26 incident in which an MD-80 returned to Seattle (SEA) with a decompression due to a punctured fuselage. A 90-day self-review resulted in two additional safety supervisors at Seattle and twice-daily safety briefings for luggage workers. Also, there is more consitency in the rosters so that employees are working with the same people regularly. The move is supposed to encourage them to report all accidents, for which the company has a non-punitive policy. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)