President Trump on Wednesday issued an emergency order immediately grounding Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 aircrafts in the U.S. in the wake of two fatal crashes.
The grounding is effective immediately, and no one knows how long the planes will be out of service.
Despite this, officials say a small percentage of flights will be affected.
Southwest Airlines issued a travel advisory allowing travelers to change flights without penalty but with certain restrictions.
In a statement, Southwest said: “Our goal is to operate our schedule with every available aircraft in our fleet to meet our customers’ expectations during the busy spring travel season.”
American Airlines said it is working to rebook customers as quickly as possible, while United Airlines said it expects minimal impacts to its operation.
How do you know if your flight is affected?
You can check the flight status and aircraft type on your ticket, where it should be listed as “equipment.”
Some flight tracking websites can also help, including FlightAware.com.
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