Boeing 737 Max grounded at Southwest, American and United: 6 things travelers need to know

United States Will Join Other Countries in Grounding Boeing 737 Max Aircraft

With President Trump issuing an emergency order immediately grounding the Boeing 737 Max fleet in the United States in the wake of two fatal crashes, travelers on Southwest, American and United are going to be impacted.

Details are still unfolding but here’s what we know so far for travelers.

Here are 6 things travelers need to know

1. The grounding is effective immediately.

2. No one knows how long the planes will be out of service. The last fleet grounding, of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in 2013, lasted more than three months.

3. A small percentage of flights will be affected. Southwest has about 160 daily Max 8 flights, equal to 4 percent of its 4,000 daily flights. American has 90 Max 8 flights a day out of 6,700 flights, and United has 40 daily flights on the bigger Max 9, out of 4,700 daily flights.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway

4. Southwest’s Max 8 flights are spread throughout the country. American’s Max 8 flights are concentrated into and out of Miami.

A week of Boeing 737 Max routes by carrier

More: Boeing 737 Max: How many of those planes fly for Southwest, American, United, and where?

5. If your flight is affected, the airline likely will automatically rebook you on another flight at no cost. After the FAA ordered airlines to ground their Boeing 787s in 2013 United immediately shifted passengers scheduled on its six 787s to other flights. American Airlines said it will immediately start rebooking passengers.

6. If your flight is canceled, you are eligible for a refund.

More: How to tell if you’re booked on a Boeing Max 8

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Boeing 737 Max grounded at Southwest, American and United: 6 things travelers need to know

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