FAA to Require Boeing 737 Inspections

In the wake of Southwest Airlines’ roof disaster and grounding last weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday it will require airlines to conduct further inspections on older-model Boeing 737s. The directive will apply to about 175 aircraft, 80 of which are registered in the U.S.; most of those are operated by Southwest. Boeing said in a statement that it is cooperating with the FAA and will recommend lap-joint inspections on certain 737-series aircraft. Meanwhile, Southwest is still struggling to contain its PR nightmare. The airline canceled an additional 60 flights Monday.