Passengers feel relief after 737 Max planes grounded


    Passengers feel relief after 737 Max planes grounded (KOMO photo)

    President Trump's order to ban Boeing's new 737 Max 8 and 9 planes from the sky has been met with relief from anxious passengers who fly locally and globally.

    Of all the planes flying across the country, 72 were either Boeing 737 Max 8 or 9 jets.

    The grounding left scores of travelers scrambling, after their flights were canceled.

    Some passengers found out their flights had been canceled in the middle of their journey, while they were flying through Sea-Tac International Airport Wednesday night.

    "When I saw the news about what happened with Ethiopian, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I don't want to fly with one those,’” said passenger Karina Reid.

    Little did Reid know, she was supposed to be on a Boeing Max plane, until she got a call from American Airlines saying her flight from Miami to Costa Rica was canceled.

    Reid and her two children will be delayed for 14 hours, and she spent $500 to buy new tickets so she wouldn’t have to wait to leave on Saturday for her rebooked flight.

    "I feel grateful that the decision was made and I don't have to worry about being on the plane,” said Reid. “I'm glad it happened — that we are being on the safe side of things, that's the biggest thing — if it's safe then, yeah."

    Though some passengers said the move is going too far and disrupting travel.

    Sea-Tac Airport officials said only Southwest Airlines flies the Boeing Max to Seattle with three flights a day.

    "They are brand new Boeing airplanes, you can't have that much malfunction right off the assembly-line? Correct,” said passenger Randy Hanson. “I think it’s flat out too much. I think we should weigh out all the factors before jumping to conclusions.”

    “I personally don't feel that there's a safety concern or issue so I'm comfortable flying but I do appreciate the president and FAA looking out for people and peace of mind grounding them,” said passenger Tanya Neilsen.

    In this case, most airlines will rebook passengers without a fee.

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