What’s going to happen to Southwest Airlines?

Because of the recent grounding of 41 44 planes in Southwest’s fleet due to missed safety inspections, the airline stands to lose quite a few customers.

Even though we all know that we’re more likely to die in an automobile accident than a plane crash, many of us are still more nervous on a plane than in a car, myself included. In light of those nerves, I wonder how many people will — consciously or subconsciously — choose other airlines over Southwest with all the negative media attention its getting.

I’m not in a region where Southwest flies, so I’m unlikely to have to make a consumer choice for or against them any time soon. But what about you?