I showed a photo I took of an AirNew Zealand 747-200 landing on runway 06L at LAX in 1990 to someone that supposedly knows aircraft operations. In the photo, due to a strong x-wind from the south, the 747 had landed slightly off center to the right of the pavement, and was 'crab-ed' with the nose to the right off centerline to about, hmmm what I'd say about, 10-12 degrees off center, but I'm no expert.
The friend said that the pilot can get in serious trouble from Airline management for being off center so much, and 'crab-ed' over that far. I said it was on the runway and in one piece, what did it matter. He said the plane could have gone off the runway. I figured the pilot would just kick the rudder after touchdown and straighten it out. I need a clue...whats the normal proceedure on placement on the runway...windy or not?