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This Does NOT Fill Us With Confidence, United Airlines

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united grounds its 757 boeing fleet

Might be time to make the move to Delta…

United Airlines has grounded its entire fleet of Boeing 757 planes for "unscheduled maintenance."

Here's what United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson had to say about it:

"Specifically … United is performing follow-up maintenance checks starting today to the air data computers on its 96 Boeing 757s. All of the air data computers are fully functional. The checks are necessary as part of a modification process to the system."

Apparently, each check takes 60 to 90 minutes, and the fleet should be up-and-running again in 12 to 24 hours.

More from the FAA's Laura Brown:

"This is a voluntary action on United's part, and we will follow up as necessary."

Obvi we approve of airlines taking any AND ALL necessary measures to keep their planes in perfect working order, but it's a bit unsettling that this is an "unscheduled maintenance" and that it's putting their entire 757 fleet out of commission for as much as a day.

You're gonna lose a lot of business like that, United. Why is this happening all at once? How long have we been flying on potentially unsafe planes???


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18 comments to “This Does NOT Fill Us With Confidence, United Airlines”

  1. 1

    I'm glad you approve of how an airline is handling business….dumbass……….

  2. 2

    Please for the love of god Perez, stop posting about crap you know nothing about. Ever heard of preventative maintenance??

  3. 7tizz says – reply to this


    I think it's a good move - obviously they discovered something that most likely wasn't known before and did a recall. Car manufactures do it all the time. A minor inconvienience is better than people potentially losing their lives.

  4. 4

    Hey moron, stop trying to post real news stories and make your stupid commentary. And if you do, please at least use a photo of the plane type you are reporting on. What you have there in the photo is not a 757. Get your fat sister a class in fact checking.

  5. 5

    Wouldn't you rather have safe planes than broken ones? Come on Perez. It happens all the time. That's the problem with Americans!!

  6. 6

    Perez…..*sigh* don't scare people uncessarily. It was a required check set forth by the FAA and they waited till the last minute to comply. No big deal these AD's come out all the time requiring stuff to be checked or fixed. It's called SAFETY!!!

  7. 7

    *sigh* Can't you read, Perez?

    "All of the air data computers are fully functional. The checks are necessary as part of a modification process to the system."

    They are improving the system, thus they need all plane "speaking the same language".

  8. 8

    What does it matter?? They're fixing the problem now. What else did you expect them to do?!

  9. 9

    Just another reason Amtrak needs to get off it's ass and start back up with their passenger trains.

  10. 10

    It's not a United issue. It's the aircraft maker. You will see other airlines doing it as well. Those who purchased the aircraft.

  11. 11

    United airlines is only doing maintenance on their planes. I've flown this airline all my life. My father has been working for united for 26 years. As he told me. They know someones wife, husband, daughter, son, etc is flying don't you want them
    Home safe. So grounded these planes is a good idea.

  12. JLa says – reply to this


    i would rather have United ground its planes then have people lose their lives.
    It might be a inconvient for those trying to fly right now but I am sure they are thankful that their safety matters to United.

  13. 13

    I work in aviation and this is how it works. There is planned maintenace which is your regular things that must be done on a scheduled maintenance plan such as changing fuel nozzles or and engine change or inspecting lifevest. Unscheduled maintenace is for anything else that comes about. Alot of times the manufactures of parts and in this case I am guessing it is Honeywell for the avionics will come up with a service letter or a service bulletin where they recommend the parts be checked because they have noticed "squaks" or "difficulites" with certain parts. So in short Unscheduled maintenance is something that is not on a repeat basis and scheduled maintenace is something that is done on a repeat basis

  14. 14

    I swore off this airline two weeks ago. Had two flights, both with technical problems. The second of these required turning the plane around because the landing gear was stuck and the pilots reported failure of steering control. Thank goodness it landed safely. With no more flights out that day (or none that we could get on, anyway), we booked travel on Southwest to get to our destination. Once we got there, United's position was they weren't sending our luggage on because "they're no longer responsible." Seriously?!

    TERRIBLE airline. But at least they're doing maintenance. They should probably be doing a whole lot more.

  15. 15

    Perez, if you want to talk shit on the airlines, at least get your planes right. That's an A320 not a 757. I am so done with your sensationsalistic reporting. WTF does United have to do with celebrity gossip?

  16. 16

    Now you are a certified ailine mechanic that can tell united how to conduct business i am sure all of as at United are glad you put your unwanted 2 cents in

  17. 17

    YOU are an idiot. so i guess if you get a recall on a part on your car you'll still put your mom and dog in the car and travel with them until the next "scheduled maintenance" cause "un-scheduled maintenance" screws up your confidence? please don't work with the public, we are trying very hard to stay alive and in one piece here.

  18. 18

    When the holidays are over these routine "check up maintenance days" is a necessary. There is nothing wrong with the airplane, nothing that they missed, this is usually the case to keep up with the FAA regulations. Trust me, my husband is working six, ten hour days on these things (he's an airplane mechanic) to make sure they are in working order. When he is done with that, it goes through a group of leaders to get checked off, and then the FAA has to come in and check the airplane to make sure it can even go to the gate. Nothing should be unsettling about this situation but reassurance that they do anything and everything they can to make it safe.