American Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing Because Seats Are Not Supposed To Come Unbolted Mid-Flight

One of the claims made by American Airlines pilots in their ongoing dispute with the carrier is that its fleet of planes are old and in need of constant maintenance. Case in point: A flight en route from Boston to Miami on Saturday had to make an emergency landing at JFK Airport in New York after a row of passenger seats became unbolted shortly after take-off.

“The seats were completely not attached,” a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, which represents American’s pilots, tells the NY Post. “With turbulence, you have to be cautious. That’s why everyone has to stow everything under the seat to prevent loose objects from flying around the cabin — and you’ve got a whole row of seats unbolted.”

The rep says it’s the first time he’s heard of an incident like this occurring.

The passengers in the loosey-goosey row were relocated to seats elsewhere on the Boeing 757.

An airline rep tells the Post that the incident is being reviewed internally.

Plane’s seats go ‘flying’ in latest JFK emergency landing [NY Post]