|Quoting raventech (Reply 149):|
The answer is simple, cover up revealed, immediate suspension of ETOPS certification for the airline, hundreds of flights stuck somewhere in the world and/or hours delay. What frames have been on what trips stays on the record.
How do you hinder an airline from installing bad procedures, perhaps the new streamlined one with less time consuming paperwork with makes bean counters happy? You can wait for it to fail and you still have the fallback of self reporting if something goes wrong. How many flights have been done already with non ETOPS frames on ETOPS routes where nobody realized that something went wrong?
Self reporting is usually only the difference between paying a reasonable fine or getting the big big hammer.
If we go over to taxes, self reporting produces a fine instead of a prison sentence.