It’s funny how our brains can switch tracks so quickly. Like when we were considering how we’d start off slow when getting back into the air, and then we were suddenly booking flights to Iceland.
Reading an article today, I was reminded about something that happened when I was looking for those flights.
Using Google Flights, the least expensive flight from Orlando to Iceland was on Air Canada. After researching if Americans can transit through Canada (we can if we don’t leave the airport’s secure area), I looked at the flights.
Yeah, nope. I quickly learned that while I was mentally prepared to get back on an airplane, I wasn’t ready to have that first flight be on a 737MAX.
We’d been able to avoid the plane before it was grounded, which had nothing to do with safety issues. Now that some of them have been cleared to fly, I’m sure that eventually I will not be able to avoid it. But for now, at least, it was easy enough for us to fly to New York and get a flight on an Icelandair 767-300.
I was reminded of this aside when I saw a headline about 737MAX planes getting grounded due to electrical issues. To be honest, it’s hard to keep track of if these are new problems or just updates on the old ones. Spoiler alert, these are the brand new problems related to the old problems.
For now, I’m going to try to avoid the 737MAX when booking flights. Since part of the fleet cannot fly until this new problem is fixed, it shouldn’t be that hard to do.
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I flew 737 MAX last april with AA, from CUN to MIA, just noted that it was a MAX after the flight, when I saw those shark fin engines casing. Not a word – even in the safety card onboard – that this specific plane was a 737 MAX (even when I made the search on Google Flights, and reservation with AAdvantage, or in the ticket!). I felt no difference flying MAX rather than another ordinary 737.