American to Cancel 900 More Flights Today

Continued passenger misery ahead as safety work continues
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2008 11:45 PM CDT
A worker looks at the tail section of an American Airlines MD-80 aircraft at Dallas Fort Worth international airport in Grapevine, Texas .   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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(Newser) – American Airlines expects to cancel 900 more flights today as the airline works to bring its MD-80 aircraft up to FAA standards, the New York Times reports. Thousands more travelers will be stranded at airport hubs, and the problem could spill into tomorrow. American is just the latest airline to be hit with groundings under the more aggressive FAA audits, and more are expected industry-wide in the weeks ahead.

“We don’t know,” said an FAA official when asked about that potential. “We find what we find.” Airports hit hardest in recent days by the American cancellations are O'Hare, LaGuardia, and Dallas-Forth Worth. Switching flights has proven tricky because most planes are flying full these day to cut costs.