During 2019 and 2020, the 737 MAX was grounded due to two in-flight crashes. Lion Air flight 610 on October 29, 2018, and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. Sadly the crashes killed 346 people. Both planes had similar accidents 6-13 minutes of takeoff the planes dove into the ground at full speed. The plane was grounded because of the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS). This was causing the aircraft to have a hard time maintaining altitude. As a result, the plane would stall and go into a steep angle causing it to crash. Since the new year, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has granted the 737 max to fly again. Some companies are buying the plane such as Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines. The pilots had to train for over two years to be able to fly the 737 max when it was able to fly again. Each airline company did over 200 flights before it could carry passengers. The safety of the airliner is now one of the safest with the new technology. The items that were added to the plane include 172 seats a new distance of travel is 3,330-38,50 between the four different maxes. Between the models, there is the max-7, max-8, max-9, and max-10. The difference between all the planes is the seats, length, widths, and how far each of them can travel. When the

plane was released a survey came out. A survey collected by the Insider said 53% American adults don’t want to fly on the new max aircraft. 4.5% of adults said that they would reschedule their flight if they had to fly on the max. 9.4% said that they wouldn't have an issue flying on the aircraft.22.9% said that they are a bit concerned to fly on the aircraft. 14.6% of people said that they aren’t really sure if they would fly on it or not. But to fly on the aircraft there is a 128$ and a waiver to be signed. That might change the minds of people that don’t really care about flying on it. 1,178 took this survey and only 353.4 would fly on the aircraft. So why should airline companies even buy the aircraft? Forty-five airline companies and only 3 inside of the United States have bought the 737 max adding to their flight of planes for further and faster airline travel. After reading about all the information. Following the controversy of the plane accidents happens no matter the make or model of the aircraft. The issue was fixed on the plane and there hasn’t been a crash since it’s been back in the air. There should be nothing to worry about when flying on the aircraft. You will get to the destination you are traveling too.

Story by Nikolas Roberts '22