Bay Area travelers concerned over FAA not halting Boeing jets after deadly Ethiopian crash

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Bay Area travelers concerned over FAA not halting Boeing jets after deadly Ethiopian crash

SAN JOSE (KRON) — The Federal Aviation Administration has called on Boeing to make upgrades to it’s 737 Max 8 and 9 airplanes following the weekend’s deadly crash in Ethiopia.

However, the FAA is not ordering airlines to ground the planes.

That’s not sitting well with some Bay Area flyers.

“I think it’s definitely something,” said Bay Area traveler Isamar Palos. “I would put them down for a bit.”

Palos says the planes still being in the air is a bit concerning.

Officials have stressed the investigation has just begun and they don’t have enough data to draw conclusions.

Courtney Ray flew into San Jose from San Diego via Southwest on a 737 Max 8.

Ray says she felt completely safe and that there should be no rushing to ground the planes.

“For boeing to ground every single plane on that model,” Ray said.

“We do need to wait until the investigation has more information maybe not complete but more information.”

U.S. authorities want the changes made to the flight control system on both models by April. 

“We cannot start a panic among people that travel day in and day out until all of the results of that investigation are in,” Ray said.

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