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While the coronavirus pandemic has continued to ground most TPG staffers, two of us cautiously went on domestic trips just last week to visit family. I hopped on a Southwest flight from New York La Guardia to Chicago Midway while my coworker Caitlin Riddell — TPG’s Social Media Lead — flew from Fort Lauderdale to …Before our flights, we were both curious as to what flying a low-cost carrier would be like in the coronavirus age — especially since Southwest and Allegiant are wildly different airlines; the latter is a true ultra-low-fare, no-frills carrier.
Southwest Airlines temporarily grounded 115 Boeing 737-800 on July 16 because of inconsistencies in aircraft weight data.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we temporarily ceased flying the respective aircraft to enter the correct weights of the aircraft in question into the system and reset the program," said Chris Mainz, Southwest on July 16. “As of Thursday morning, we are making steady progress resolving the discrepancy tail by tail, and we have returned roughly half of the aircraft and counting back into service."
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Despite early hopes that the coronavirus pandemic would mean the end of the middle seat on flights, American Airlines laid that theory to rest.When the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill, ushered in the age of social distancing, and indefinitely grounded most frequent flyers, the optimists focused on the worst part of modern air travel: the middle seat.
By the afternoon of Thursday, July 17, the carrier said that approximately 50 percent of aircraft have been put back into service, according to Reuters.
said the discrepancy in weight was 75 pounds.
In January, the FAA proposed the carrier with $3.92 million fine after concluding thatoperated 44 planes that flew more than 21,000 flights between May 1 and Aug. 9, 2018, with incorrect baseline weights, according to USA Today.
` Starting weights are important so that airlines can determine everything from how much fuel to load the plane with and how luggage and cargo are placed.
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