Boeing Flights Grounded Across the Globe, but Not in the U.S. – The New York Times
Lori Bassani, the president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents flight attendants at American Airlines, called on the airline to “strongly consider grounding these planes until a thorough investigation can be performed.”
In Washington, politicians on both sides of the aisle called for action. Senator Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who is the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, said he wanted “to temporarily ground 737 Max aircraft until the F.A.A. confirms the safety of these aircraft.” He also said he planned to hold a hearing to investigate the crashes.
Senators Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, and Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, also called on the F.A.A. to ground the aircraft while the cause of the Ethiopian crash is investigated.
“Serious questions have been raised about whether these planes were pressed into service without additional pilot training in order to save money,” Ms. Warren said. Mr. Romney, in a Twitter post, urged a grounding “out of an abundance of caution for the flying public.”
In his phone call with the president, the Boeing chief, Mr. Muilenburg, outlined the company’s position since the crash. He also updated Mr. Trump on the status of the 737 Max models.
It was unclear whether anything came of the call. The White House did not respond to questions about the conversation.
In its statement, the F.A.A. said that it had “no basis to order grounding the aircraft.”