But now they have a new challenge: Soda Gunk
Yes. Soda Gunk.
American said on Friday that spilled drinks, candy and food could have worked its way in to the seat locking mechanisms causing seats to come loose of their planes.
Yes, They really said this.
‘Something called the seat lock plunger mechanism can “get gunked up over time with people spilling sodas, popcorn, coffee or whatever and that can affect that locking mechanism on the ground that locks the seat to the floor,” airline spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan said Friday.
Apparently, worn locking pins can get stuck when food and beverages spill onto them, allowing seat rows to come unhinged, she said.
“My question is, why haven’t we seen this before?” said Bill Waldock, professor and crash lab director at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Arizona, campus. “Did the gunk start building up and decide to falter in the planes at the same time? I kind of doubt that honestly.”
Waldock called the airline’s explanation “curious,” adding that it “seemed to be unique to the 757, and to the ones that they reconfigured.”‘
Agreed. Why do only the 757s get the gunk on them? Are there messier passengers on Boeing 757s?
C’mon American. You can do better than this.
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