White House: Bush Keeping 'Close Eye' On Airlines

Airline passengers wait on line at the American Airlines Terminal at LaGuardia Airport on Wednesday, April 9, 2008. American Airlines canceled 850 flights Wednesday, more than one-third of its schedule, as it spent a second straight day inspecting the wiring on some of its jets. (AP Photo/Frances Roberts)
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Crawford, Texas (AP) The White House says President Bush is keeping a close eye on problems in the airline industry that have interrupted travel for thousands of passengers.

Spokesman Scott Stanzel says this will be discussed Monday at a Bush cabinet meeting that already was set to take up such issues as Iraq, the housing crunch and a trade dispute with congress.

Since last month's revelation that Southwest Airlines flew planes that had missed inspections, a violation of federal standards. The Federal Aviation Administration has stepped up its scrutiny of aircraft inspections.

The result is misery for the flying public.

American Airlines has canceled 595 more flights, bringing this week's total to nearly 3,100 as inspections continue on the wiring of its MD-80 jets