American Airlines called off 50 flights yesterday and 44 more today after seats on three aircrafts came loose from the floor mid-flight this week, and in the words of the New York Post, “dangerously slid around like a carnival ride.”
If you’ve ever wondered how flying be any more janky and terrifying than it already is, here’s your answer: Wednesday, American announced the seats came unbolted due to “an improperly installed saddle clamp at the foot of the seat that helps lock the seats to the cabin floor,” but yesterday the company changed their explanation, claiming “a combination of wear, poor design and even soda spilled into the tracks caused pins to pop out of the grooves,” is at fault.
The airline is supposedly finishing up their seat inspections today, but one hopes they’ll take the time to check out every other element of the plane that could be susceptible to “wear, poor design” and “spilled soda.”
By the way, this is just under one year after American filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, about one month since American persuaded a judge to throw out their contract with the pilot’s union and just two weeks after an American Eagle flight at JFK was delayed nearly four hours due to a fight between flight attendants.
It used to seem like American was the new Delta, but it’s way past that. American is falling apart at the seams. Or the bolts, apparently.