Passengers react to presidential order to ground Boeing 737 Max airplanes
The United States government has issued an emergency order grounding all Boeing 737 Max Aircraft models, following the crash of an Ethiopian Airliner earlier this week.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that all 737 Max 8 and 9 Aircrafts in the air would continue to their destinations and then be grounded.
Officials say two crashes in the last five months involving 737 Max planes killed a combined total of 346 people.
This will not impact the Chattanooga airport directly. But it could impact connecting flights at other airports.
Gary Billups out of Chicago says this is the right move to make.
"As far as I am concerned, anybody's life is worth finding out what's wrong with an airplane before you get on it,” Billups said.
But there are other points of view.
Jim Odom and his family are flying to Ethiopia. He says just because one model has issues, doesn't mean they all will.
"You know, I kind of look at it if you were worried about a Nissan or Ford vehicle crashing on the way home from work today. Just because one or two crash doesn't mean the one you’re driving is going to crash. So, I'm not too concerned about it at all,” Odom said.
Odom also says this could cause delays or layovers for passengers, but airlines say they are accommodating.
American Airlines posted the following statement online:
"We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause some of our customers. Our team will work with all customers impacted by these flight cancellations."
Odom says he understands why airlines are taking caution with these aircrafts.
"It's okay that they did it. I'm not overly concerned one way or the other. I think it's a good thing they are being safe rather than sorry,” Odom said.
Billups says when planes start falling out of the sky for no reason, airlines have to take people's lives into consideration.
The Federal Aviation Agency says they are still investigating these recent crashes and no 737 Max 8 or Max 9 will be in the air until those investigations are finished.
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