Breakfast Briefing: FAA under pressure after declining to ground Boeing 737 Max

Plus: The impact of Boeing's crisis on travel websites.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

The Federal Aviation Administration is facing a lot of questions on Wednesday morning after refusing to ground the Boeing 737 Max, leaving the U.S. as one of the few markets allowing the aircraft to fly after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet on Sunday. The head of one airline workers’ union called the FAA’s decision "absolutely absurd." Lawmakers from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have called for the FAA to temporarily ground the planes. On Tuesday, Boeing’s CEO reportedly called President Donald Trump to reassure him of the plane’s safety, a day before Trump took a turn as an aviation expert on Twitter. Bonus read: How the FAA decides to ground a jet, via Wired.

The Boeing-FAA crisis is also creating implications for travel websites, which have adjusted by creating booking options so travelers can avoid the 737 Max. is altering its search filters to allow users to exclude specific types of aircraft, according to Reuters.

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