AA's green gaffe

On February 8, with a 14 hour delay due to a mechanical malfunction, all but five passengers scheduled American Airlines flight 90 were redirected...

On February 8, with a 14 hour delay due to a mechanical malfunction, all but five passengers scheduled American Airlines flight 90 were redirected on other flights. Those last five passengers got to fly from Chicago O'Hare to London Heathrow on what was basically a private jet, and now AA is catching some major heat from environmental groups for the carbon footprint the flight left behind.

According to the airline, the plane was needed in London to carry a full flight of passengers. Perhaps, but what's really making AA look like a bad guy are the numbers associated with this: 13,000 liters of fuel used per customer and a carbon footprint of 35.77 tons per person. With green awareness at a high, it's imperative that AA respond to repair its damaged eco-rep, and respond immediately.

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