US Flight Attendants urge airlines to ground Boeing 737 MAX 8s

Washington - US flight attendants want the Boeing 737 MAXs to be grounded until the cause of the two recent crashes enlightened.

The APFA Union (Association of Professional Flight Attendants), which represents more than 27,000 American Airlines flight attendants, asks the largest US airline to take this step.

"Our Flight Attendants are very concerned with the recent Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash, which has raised safety concerns with the 737 MAX 8," said APFA president Lori Bassani.

The Association of Flight Attendants, CWA, which represents around 50,000 flight attendants, including United's, has also urged the FAA to ground the MAX jets as a precaution.

Another Union, the TWU, which represents around 17,000 Southwest Flight Attendants wrote on Twitter that, Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft should not be allowed to take off until the data on the crash in Ethiopia were evaluated and it was checked whether there was a connection with the crash in Indonesia.

Europe, the UK, Australia, China and several regulators around the world imposed flight ban for the Boeing 737 MAXs.

However, the US aviation authority FAA sees no reason to ground the aircraft. On March 12, the agency repeated its decision not to ground the Boeing 737 MAX jets, stating that its analysis does not point to systemic performance issues to take the aircraft out of service.

The major US carriers American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines currently operate 74 Boeing 737 MAX 8 in total, the second largest MAX fleet after China. 60 percent of the global MAX fleet has now been grounded after Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash.