American Airlines grounds 14 planes to fix overhead bins

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FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2017, file photo, a pair of American Airlines jets are parked on the airport apron at Miami International Airport in Miami. American Airlines is threatening to prohibit customers from making changes to nonrefundable tickets if Congress makes good on a proposal to crack down on unreasonable airline fees. American […]

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – American Airlines is grounding 14 planes to fix overhead bins on jets that recently underwent cabin makeovers.
    
An airline spokesman said Friday that nearly 40 flights had been canceled as a result.
    
American says it spotted problems with the quality of a vendor’s work on the bins of two Boeing 737-800s, and grounded 12 more jets that had been worked on by the same vendor.
    
The president of the American mechanics’ union says the bins pop open and poorly installed battery cables could chafe and catch fire.
    
American isn’t identifying the vendor, but KXAS-TV reports that Aviation Technical Services, based near Seattle, confirms it did the work.
    
Separately, a Delta Air Lines passenger tweeted photos of a bin held shut by masking tape. Delta didn’t immediately respond for comment.

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