Following two deadly crashes, the U.S. joined the rest of the world in temporarily grounding the Boeing 737 Max, the newest version of one of the most popular planes in the world. The causes of the crashes — one in Indonesia and the latest in Ethiopia — haven’t been determined, but plane manufacturer Boeing Co. agreed with the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to ground the planes “out of an abundance of caution and to reassure the flying public of the aircraft’s safety.” How have travelers been affected by the grounding? The three U.S. carriers that fly 737 Max planes — Southwest, American and United Airlines — say the FAA’s decision has had minimal impact on their operations and on their customers. All of the passengers who were scheduled to fly on 737 Max planes have been rebooked on other similar-sized or larger planes at no extra charge or refunded their money. In some cases, airlines said they upgraded passengers to more expensive fares that come with free meals. Southwest Airlines officials acknowledge there have been some delays for fliers but say that bad weather across the country is contributing to the problems. Several travelers who were scheduled to fly on… Read full this story
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