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Canada has now restricted 737 MAX aircraft from their airspace based on new information they received this morning that caused the calculated risk to go above the risk tolerance threshold that they allow. 737 MAX planes currently in the air that are bound for Canada will be allowed to land.
That leaves only American and Southwest flying the 737 MAX 8 and United flying the 737 MAX 9. No other airlines in the world are still flying the 737 MAX.
Booked on a 737 MAX plane and want an alternate option?
- Southwest is allowing changes to other flights with no charge for the difference in fare. You can just change your itinerary online and all fees will be waived. Or you can call Southwest for other options. You can also change to flights from nearby airports.
- United is allowing free changes for passengers that call them and express their discomfort in flying on the 737 MAX. You may need to ask for a manager to waive both the change fee and the difference in fare for a comparable flight on another plane type.
- American is not offering free changes, but agents and/or managers may waive fees on a case by case basis.
One interesting tidbit that has come out is that American’s 737 MAX have 2 MCAS indicators. No other airline outfitted their aircraft with indicators for both pilots. You can read more about MCAS in this post.
At any rate, the FAA, American, Southwest, and United as well as their pilots insist that the plane is safe and they they are trained to override MCAS when needed. Personally I’d be comfortable flying the 737 MAX in the US, but at the same time if alternate options are available, I would probably look into them.
It’s not hard to check and see what plane your flight is being operated by. You may need to click details or the flight number when searching for a flight, but it would be obvious if it’s operated by a 737 MAX as it will always say MAX as can be seen in the screenshots below:
United doesn’t fly the 737 MAX 8, but they do fly the similar 737 MAX 9:
Are you booked on any 737 MAX flights? Will you be changing to another flight?