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FWA passengers grateful Boeing 737 MAX fleet grounded

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — High winds in Chicago prompted airlines to cancel flights, affecting planes from Fort Wayne.

This is on top of President Trump’s order to ground Boeing’s 737 MAX fleet.

Some people are nervous flyers to begin with.

Others are fairly nonchalant.

Everyone we talked to at Fort Wayne International, though, had heard about President Trump joining other world leaders in grounding Boeing’s 737 MAX planes.

They were grateful he took the safety precaution.

“Air travel’s fine. I traveled this morning. I was on a 737, not the MAX, and it was a little crowded, but not too bad. So it’s all good,” says Nick Godfrey from Boston.

Italian businessman Luca Faralli said he wasn’t afraid to fly, especially since he had to get home to Venice.

But he appreciated the steps taken to keep travelers safe.

“It’s kind of disturbing, knowing that one of the latest and most modern planes is so unsafe. So I think we should really appreciate that most of the authorities have banned 737 from flying, which is good for us. And probably we feel safer, also, flying today, thanks to this. So you’re okay to fly? Yes, absolutely,” Faralli says.

While there is still no evidence linking two crashes of the 737 MAX planes in the past five months to each other, passengers appreciated the precautionary move to ban the aircraft here.

“I agree with that until they find out the root of the problem. But as far as the other planes right now, I feel good,” Reggie Roberts tells us.

“I have no problems flying today. I enjoy it, I feel safe about it. It’s no problem with me at all. Where are you headed? North Carolina,” Ralph Rocker says.

Unfortunately, Faralli learned his flight to Chicago was cancelled because of weather, leaving him the option to rent a car to get to his international flight home.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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