American Cancels 900 Flights; Other Carriers Follow Suit

The reader board at Portland International Airport shows cancelled American Airlines flights in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 9, 2008. American Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights Wednesday, more than one-third of its schedule, as it spent a second straight day inspecting the wiring on some of its jets _ the same issue that caused it to scrub hundreds of flights two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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Dallas (AP) American Airlines customers are having to scramble again today, after the airline canceled more than 900 flights for wire inspections.

Alaska Airlines is also canceling a few flights for inspections, as is Midwest Airlines. The checks are the result of a series of safety audits by the Federal Aviation Administration.

American has now scrubbed more than 2,400 flights since Tuesday. That's more than one in three flights canceled over the last three days.

The fallout has been seen at airport ticket counters, where frustrated customers bickered with American employees. A New Mexico woman found herself caught up in a waves of cancellations to and from a vacation in Paris. She was told her flight would be leaving
soon, but wondered, “do you think we trust them?”

American's chairman says the problems couldn't come at a worse time, as the airline faces record fuel prices and fears of a recession. He has apologized profusely.