Rows of Seats Come Loose on American Airlines Flights

Rows of Seats Come Loose on American Airlines Flights (October 3, 2012)

American Airlines is doing damage control after twice in three days, an entire row of seats on its 757s came loose in mid-air.

The first happened on Saturday, on a flight from Boston to Miami. The second was Monday on a flight from JFK to Miami.

The airline is now inspecting 47 of its 757s. It has found six with seats that were not properly secured.

The problem has been identified as improperly installed saddle clamps. But the airline now insists that the planes are safe.

"We have a lot of confidence based on the fact that we have guys that work with seats every single day," said American Airlines spokesman David Campbell. "They're engineers, they're crew chiefs, they've gone in they've determined what they believe is a potential failure. But beyond the failure, we're focusing our attention on making sure they're properly installed."

In another incident Tuesday, an American Airlines flight from Chicago to London was diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland, after a passenger reported a smoky odor. American says the odor came from an overhead fan that overheated.

The airline filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late last year, and has been struggling with labor troubles. In the past month, more than 1,000 American flights have been cancelled, and 12,000 were delayed.

American's pilots appear ready to come back to the bargaining table. A spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association said Tuesday it would resume contract negotiations with the airline.