April 10th, 2008 07:18 EST
Thousands stranded by American Airlines
American Airlines grounded more than 900 flights Thursday, bringing the total number of canceled flights to more than 2,400 over the past three days.
At least 110,000 air travelers in the United States were stranded Wednesday when the major U.S. carrier canceled about 1,000 flights to conduct inspections of its MD-80 aircraft. Nearly 500 flights were canceled on Tuesday.
American Airlines says the cancellations were necessary so it could comply with government safety regulations.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has required the airline to inspect the bundling of wires in the wheel wells of the MD-80.
The FAA has been looking more closely at airline compliance with federal safety rules.
Several U.S. carriers have grounded aircraft as a result of the government audit, triggered by inspection and maintenance lapses at Southwest Airlines.
The U.S. airline industry is already suffering from high fuel prices and growing customer dissatisfaction over delays, flight cancellations and lost luggage.
Some information for this report was provided by AP.