American Airlines Cancels Flights to Fix Seats
Airline blames loose 757 seats on poor design
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2012 2:56 AM CDT
Seats are removed from an American Airlines 757 at Logan International Airport in Boston.    (AP Photo/WBZ-TV/WFXT-TV)

(Newser) – American Airlines passengers will soon once again be able to sit tight before they fasten their seat belts. The airline has canceled nearly a hundred flights to fix the loose seat problem that has hit three flights this week, forcing them to make emergency landings after entire rows of seats started sliding, the AP reports. Some 48 Boeing 757s that had recently been refurbished are being taken out of service for repairs.

The airline, which initially said the problem was a clamp used to attach seats to the aircraft floor, now says a combination of wear and tear, poor design, and even drink spillage caused the seats to come loose. "The fundamental design of this seat is not as robust as some of the latest designs," an airline spokesman says. The fix, which takes around two hours per aircraft, is a "longer-term resolution."
 

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