The Straits Times
Published on Oct 05, 2012

American Airlines scrambles to fix seat problem


NEW YORK (AFP) - American Airlines on Thursday said it would soon inspect 48 of its Boeing 757 jets for problems with loose seats, likely causing the embattled airline to delay and cancel scores of flights.

AA spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said the company, working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), was taking extra steps "to enhance the locking mechanism features used to secure the seats to the aircraft floor" of some 757s.

"The work is expected to be completed after the 48 affected aircraft land at their next destination," said Huguely, adding that some flights "may be delayed or canceled in order to complete this work."

Blocks of seats have become loose on at least three AA flights, including one on the Boston-Miami route had to make an emergency landing in New York.