Wednesday, President Trump made a major announcement regarding air travel.
The New York Times reported that President Trump announced that the United States was grounding Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft, reversing an earlier decision by American regulators to keep the jets flying in the wake of a second deadly crash involving one of the jets in Ethiopia.
The Federal Aviation Administration had for days resisted calls to ground the plane even as safety regulators in some 42 countries had banned flights by the jets. As recently as Tuesday, the agency said it had seen “no systemic performance issues” that would prompt it to halt flights of the jet.
“The safety of the American people, of all people, is our paramount concern,” Mr. Trump said.
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NEW: Boeing 737 Max 8 & 9 jets to be grounded in U.S., "effective immediately," Pres. Trump announces at White House; a growing list of countries and airlines had removed Max planes from air after last weekend's deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash https://t.co/mYwVD586wu pic.twitter.com/W2bVym1foE
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 13, 2019
President Donald Trump is issuing an ’emergency order’ grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft following the Sunday crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight, according to the Associated Press. It was the second crash of the new 737 variant in less than six months.
Many nations in the world had already barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from its airspace, but until now, the Federal Aviation Administration had been saying that it didn’t have any data to show the jets are unsafe.
Trump said Wednesday that the FAA would be making the announcement soon to ground the planes.
He says any plane currently in the air will go to its destination and then be grounded.
Trump says pilots and airlines have been notified.
He says the safety of the American people is of “paramount concern.”
Safety experts have said it’s too early to draw any definitive conclusions about the jet since investigations about the crashes are still ongoing. Still, some flyers have raised concerns after the latest accident.
How to check if your flight is on a Boeing 737
Yes, most airline websites show the type of aircraft used on their individual flights. Details vary by carrier, but most include a “details” or similar link that reveals that information.
On Southwest, for example, customers can click on their flight number when booking to see the aircraft. (Example in image below.) Customers also can use a flight-tracking site like FlightAware to check for their aircraft types.