New Delays Loom as F.A.A. Expands Airliner Review
The flight cancellations in the US aren't over yet, not by a long shot. Over the coming weeks the FAA is going to expand their investigation and more flights are likely to be cancelled, and from more airlines.
The groundings at airlines like American, Alaska, Delta and Southwest resulted from a broader round of inspections, ordered by the F.A.A., to determine whether the airlines have complied with past directives to check airplane structures, wires, electronics and other components.
A second wave of audits began on March 30 and will continue through June 30. Laura J. Brown, a spokeswoman for the F.A.A., said it could not rule out further groundings. “We don’t know,” she said. “We find what we find.”
That will do little to reassure travelers, who face difficulties switching to other flights because planes are generally flying full on popular routes.