American Airlines Passenger Seats Keep Flying Loose On Flights To Miami

Flying can get awfully dull. Strapped into that tiny seat, crammed between a sweating offensive lineman in a business suit and a flu-infected grandma, don't you ever crave some excitement, some freedom?

Good news! American Airlines has just the package deal for you. Thanks to a manufacturers' error, random rows of seats on various flights to Miami are now completely unbolted to the ground. Once the plane takes off, you'll start rocketing around the cabin like a poorly stowed suitcase. Exciting!

Update: American now says a third flight had seats come loose this week, but claims the problem is not "sabotage from angry workers."

Two different American Airlines flights bound for MIA have made emergency landings since Saturday after whole rows of seats started sliding around the cabin.

The first incident came on a Saturday flight from Boston, and forced the plane to make a quick landing at JFK as passengers went "flying" around the cabin, according to the New York Post.

"A row of seats basically became unbolted from the floor. The seats were completely not attached," American pilot Sam Mayer tells the Post. "It's a head-scratcher, the first time I've heard of it in 24 years with American."

It wouldn't even be the last time American pilots would hear of such a situation this week, though.

Another flight bound for MIA yesterday carrying 154 passengers from New York had to make an emergency return to the runway after another row of seats came loose mid-flight.

The airline concedes this morning that "there may be an issue" with how a newly installed model of seats fits into the floor tracking.

Yes, American, that seems like a fair assumption to make at this point. As many as eight planes may have the problem and American has ordered a round of inspections today.

In the meantime, make sure you're well strapped in on that AA flight.

Update: A third flight had the same seat problems, American now says, on a route between Vail, Colorado and Dallas. The planes with the problems all had work done at maintenance facilities in Tulsa, Oklahoma and North Carolina, but a spokeswoman says "sabotage" is not a possibility.

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