The Boeing Company remains under the microscope. From being the world’s leader in aircraft production, to its recent fall from grace after the MAX plane’s incidents leading to crashes and mid-air scares, many remain grounded. This has led to a loss of consumer confidence in boarding these Boeing Max planes, as well as a loss in sales to its main rival Airbus. Albeit that Airbus receives European government subsidies that have always been non-existent in the U.S. and challenged in international courts in the name of competition, there appears to be no excuse for sloppy oversight and strict safety standards.

Much of that blame lies with the FAA and their lack of proper oversight and routine inspections by the airlines themselves. To “right the ship”, Boeing now needs to prove to the world and flying public that its aircraft are safe and the worthiest in the skies. Boeing is always in the crosshairs of consumers regarding cramped seats, too many rows, and no legroom. It also must deal with investors demanding more dividends, and its customer airlines worldwide wanting to maximize the number of seats on board to sell. This has resulted in eliminating an extra emergency exit in some cases and closing that off to add another row. If the American public stops flying because of uncomfortable accommodations and prices that are increasingly unaffordable, everyone loses.

The NTSB gave Committee Congressional leaders an up-close look at the plug door that flew off Alaska Airlines flight 1282 and its initial finding that bolts securing it to the fuselage were missing. The NTSB’s preliminary report on the Alaska Airlines flight 1282 accident underscores how important quality assurance is from manufacturers and how important quality control inspections from both manufacturers and the FAA are to the safety process. We look forward to NTSB’s final report highlighting the importance of these safety practices.

“Congress commissioned the Expert Panel’s report as part of the Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act to hold Boeing accountable for improving the safety culture of its Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) unit,” Sen. Cantwell said. “The report makes clear that Boeing’s safety culture and SMS need to improve, and FAA should hold them accountable in doing so. The FAA and manufacturers should listen to both Machinists and SPEEA who are asking for a stronger safety culture to improve certification and production quality.”

Following all-day meetings with Boeing Tuesday, FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker said, “Boeing must commit to real and profound improvements. Making foundational change will require a sustained effort from Boeing’s leadership, and we are going to hold them accountable every step of the way.”

As a result, Wednesday the FAA gave Boeing 90 days to come up with a quality control plan. Boeing’s CEO David Calhoun stated, “we have a clear picture of what needs to be done.”

If Boeing fails to meet this deadline, it is unclear what the ramifications or penalties are.