American Airlines announced Thursday afternoon that it will perform additional work on its Boeing 757 aircraft to keep seats from coming loose mid-flight.
Company spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said mechanics will be working on the "seat lock plunger mechanism" and that the work should be completed by Saturday, October 6.
There will be some cancellations and flight delays as the work is performed on the 48 affected aircraft, Huguely said.
"Mechanics have begun taking steps necessary to ensure that no seat can become dislodged from its track," Huguely said.
The problem with loose seats first came to light on Saturday when American flight 685 from Boston to Miami had to make an emergency landing at New York's JFK airport after a row of three seats came loose mid-flight. Another aircraft had a similar problem on Monday, prompting the inspections.
Keep reading for the full statement from American.
American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguely
“Working with the FAA, American Airlines is taking additional steps to prevent seats from becoming dislodged on some of our Boeing 757 aircraft. After further analysis by our engineering team, the company is taking additional preventative steps to enhance the locking mechanism features used to secure the seats to the aircraft floor.
“American has instructed mechanics to pay particular attention to the seat lock plunger mechanism that secures the seat to the aircraft floor. Mechanics have begun taking steps necessary to ensure that no seat can become dislodged from its track. The work is expected to be completed after the 48 affected aircraft land at their next destination.”
“Some select flights may be delayed or canceled in order to complete this work. We expect this work will be completed by Saturday, Oct 6. We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience this may cause with their travel plans. The safety of our customers and people as well as the reliability of our fleet, is always of utmost priority to American.
“We have confidence in our highly skilled maintenance and engineering teams as well our contract maintenance providers who have worked on all of the 757 aircraft involved.
“We continue to work closely with the FAA to resolve this matter.”