In the News: American Airlines Cancels 900 Flights

Safety inspections led to three straight days of mass flight cancellations this week by American Americans. About 900 flights – 35 percent of the airline’s daily total – were cancelled on April 10, following 1,600 the previous two days. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials wanted to ensure that American complied with a federal directive relating to how wires should be bundled in the wheel wells of its MD-80 jets. The inspection comes after increased scrutiny by Congress over whether the FAA has ensured that all flights in the United States are safe. The airline has offered refunds to passengers scheduled to fly during those days. Alaska and Midwest Airlines underwent similar inspections, but had far fewer cancellations.

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