What we’re reading: AA inspects for loose seats, TSA misses guns, reporters criticize AA


American Airlines inspects 47 planes for loose seats

American Airlines will inspect its 757 planes for loose seats.

“Originally, American planned to evaluate the seats on eight Boeing 757 airplanes, but out of an abundance of caution, the decision was made to proactively evaluate a total of 47 Boeing 757 airplanes that have the same model Main Cabin seats with a common locking mechanism,” company spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said in a statement.

TSA lets loaded guns past security, on to planes

Two guns made it past TSA and onto airplanes, a situation one congressman calls “intolerable.”

In one of the incidents last week, Transportation Security Administration screeners allowed a New Orleans Hornets executive to board a plane from New Orleans to Newark, N.J., with a loaded handgun in his baggage.

Rep. John Mica, the Florida Republican who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, told WFTV he believes the mishaps at TSA that are coming to light now are just an indication of the true scope of the security threat.

Two journalists criticize American Airlines

Two journalists have criticized American Airlines due to snafus they experienced on each of their flights.

Gary Shteyngart of the New York Times writes of his experience on a trans-Atlantic flight from Paris to New York.

Flight 121 from Paris to New York began on a clear autumn afternoon. It ended over 30 hours later. For those of us without miles, it is probably still going.

The initial delay was a mere hour or two. Some were told that our aircraft possessed faulty tires and brakes. Others were told that the crew could not find their way in from Paris. Neither scenario was particularly encouraging.

Matthew Yglesias from MoneyBox writes of his adventure from Tulsa to Dallas and Dallas to Baltimore.

My plane boarded about five minutes late in Tulsa, and then the pre-takeoff stuff all seemed to be going a bit sluggishly. Then once everyone was boarded and the plane was away from the gate, the pilot announced that the backup gyroscope was broken and we wouldn’t be taking off after all.

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