I’ve just written that I believe the FAA was reasonable not to ground the Boeing 737 MAX, and that doing so brings along its own safety risks. I wrote that I hoped that new data would be what guides any shift in position.
Minutes after writing that, though, President Trump announced a grounding of the aircraft type. It’s not obvious that there’s been any actual new information which has become available since the FAA resisting doing so. The only meaningful news item has been Canada’s decision to ground the plane, also based on no new material information.
This decision comes after Southwest revealed a decision to add new angle of attack indicators to its fleet, matching what American Airlines already has on its MAX jets providing additional data to cockpit crew that could avert an incident similar to what happened to Lion Air’s MAX in October.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX Interior
Southwest Airlines has 34 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in service. American Airlines has 24. American already has several Boeing 737-800 planes out of service which had been modified to offer a similar interior to that found on their new MAX aircraft. Check your itineraries in the coming day for schedule changes and cancellations.