Tue, Oct 2, 2012
I like Musical Chairs as much as the next person.
But one place I DON’T want to play Musical Chairs is on an airplane… in MID-FLIGHT.
Unfortunately, some passengers on two recent American Airlines flights didn’t have a choice.
The first instance happened on Saturday, on a flight from Boston to Miami.
Shortly after takeoff, a row of seats came unbolted from the 757′s floor and started sliding around “like a carnival ride.”
Pilots requested an emergency landing and the plane safely rerouted to JFK in New York.
Then two days later, on Monday, a different American Airlines flight from JFK to Miami had the SAME THING happen. Just after takeoff, a row of three seats came loose.
Passengers had to be moved to other seats and the plane returned to JFK.
No injuries were reported in either instance.
The mishap is being blamed on an oversight by subcontractors who have recently begun replacing American Airlines employees performing routine maintenance and aircraft inspection.
The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into both instances and eight planes have been grounded while they investigate.
Now the only question is, how soon before American hits us with a “seat safely bolted to the floor” fee?
Tags: American Airlines