Valley travelers touted their concerns Wednesday after President Trump’s announcement to ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 & 9 aircrafts.
The POTUS announcement comes after two recent, deadly crashes involving the same commercial planes. The decision didn’t appear to cause any significant issues at McCarran International Airport, but passengers told 8 News NOW even if it had, they don’t care.
Travelers just want to stay safe in the air.
“It’s better to be cautious than not,” traveler Jim Boudreau said.
President Trump made an emergency declaration to take all 74 of our country’s Boeing 737 Max 8 & 9 aircraft out of the air immediately. This includes 34 Boeing 737 Max 8 models registered with Southwest Airlines, 24 Boeing 737 Max 8 models belonging to American Airlines and 14 of United Airlines’ Boeing 737 Max 9 models.
“We want to come out here and gamble,” traveler Don Gula added. “More so than we want to gamble on the flight out.”
The grounding affects about two percent of McCarran International Airport’s overall operations. Spokesperson Christine Crews says just over 650 flights were scheduled to use these types of planes through the month of March, but they are all out of the airport’s rotation.
“Any plane currently in the air will go to its destination and thereafter be grounded until further notice,” President Trump said of the declaration. “They’re working very hard right now and hopefully they’ll very quickly come up with the answer.”
This all comes on the heels of two recent crashes involving Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the last six months.
“It’s very very sad to see that tragedy there in Ethiopia,” traveler Randy Brinson said.
An Ethiopian Airlines flight went down just minutes after takeoff in Africa Sunday, killing all 157 souls on board.
“We take for granted our safety,” Brinson added. “But we need to realize there are a lot of dangers in air travel.”
In October 2018, A Lion Air jet also plummeted into Indonesia’s Java Sea, taking 189 lives.
While there’s no proof of a common cause, investigators said similarities between the two tragedies has them airing on the side of safety.
“Whatever will be will be with delays,” traveler Angela O’Brien said. “But let’s prevent any more by doing something about it.”
Travelers in Las Vegas said this choice has them all breathing a sigh of relief.
“They’re there to protect us,” O’Brien added. “And that’s what this is all about right now.”
The Federal Aviation Administration said the grounding will continue indefinitely as its investigation develops.