American Airlines addresses problem with seats that caused 48 planes to be grounded

American Airlines says it will modify seats on 49 more planes to prevent rows of seats from coming loose during flight. It's addressing the same problem that caused the airline to ground 48 planes last week — the seat rows aren't locking properly into tracks on the floor.
By DAVID KOENIG Published: October 13, 2012
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American said the Federal Aviation Administration has approved its plan for working on the seats, including the ability to keep flying planes that have not yet undergone the modifications. The FAA did not immediately comment.

The seats on both types of planes are made by Weber Aircraft LLC, which did not immediately return calls for comment.

Loose seats on the 757s raised safety concerns and turned into a public-relations nightmare for American, the nation's third-largest airline, which has been flying under bankruptcy protection since last November.

American first gave one explanation for the problem aboard its 757s, then gave another two days later, saying pins that hold the seats to the floor had become gummed up over time from dirt and by passengers spilling sodas and coffee.



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