American Airlines cancels 40 flights amid aircraft issue, takes planes out of service

American Airlines is removing more than a dozen Boeing 737-800 aircraft from service after discovering an issue with overhead bins that led to the cancellation of nearly 40 flights.

“American operates 304 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, and we have identified an issue with the quality of work conducted on overhead bins on two of these Boeing 737-800 aircraft,” the airline told USA TODAY in a statement. The airline insists the issue didn’t affect safety and that it is “working with our vendor and the FAA to immediately address this issue.”

“After further inspection by American, the work that was conducted on these two aircraft was not up to our standards,” the airline added. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have proactively removed from service the additional 12 aircraft that were updated by this vendor and have notified the FAA. … Our team has rebooked all customers that were impacted by nearly 40 flight cancellations thus far and will continue to work proactively to get our customers to their final destination.”

American also said it is performing additional inspection of these planes.

The FAA told USA TODAY in a statement: “The FAA is aware of the decision by American Airlines to remove certain aircraft from service. We are in contact with the carrier and will monitor the situation.”

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