PHILADELPHIA (FOX 29) - The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order Wednesday grounding all Boeing 737 Max aircraft in the wake of a crash of an Ethiopian airliner that killed 157 people, a reversal for the U.S. after federal aviation regulators had maintained it had no data to show the jets are unsafe.
"Yes I do pay attention," said Robin Newman. She says she does check her flight plans to see what type of aircraft she's flying on but she also admits it's not necessarily a safety habit. Like most of us, she wants to be comfortable when she flies.
"I want to know what kind of seating arrangements they have. Candidly yes," she laughed. And it's the same for Alex Andrews who we talked to arriving at Philadelphia International Airport this evening with family.
"I normally check it to see if I have power plug next to my seat things like that or if I have a tv. That's why I check. I want to see the aisle and what type of seats," said Andrews.
But after President Trump's emergency order Wednesday to ground Boeing 737 Max jets after two recent deadly crashes, the latest in Ethiopia, travelers might take a closer look.
On Wednesday, a spokesperson said they weren't seeing any impacts right now at Philadelphia International Airport. But we know American and Southwest airlines both have 737's in their fleet. American says none have scheduled operations to or from Philly on a regular basis. Southwest said it has since removed its 34 Max 8 aircraft from scheduled service.
Newman isn't overly concerned.
"Probably a little but I believe we have a really go safety record with the airlines and in general I have a lot of confidence in them," she said.
Still, Jana Tidwell with AAA says anyone with travel plans now or in the near future need to be prepared for any complications.
"The best place to start is with your travel agent. If you book through a travel agent he or she will know exactly what to do, what type of aircraft you're booked on, if your flight has been canceled or if they've rebooked you on another type of aircraft," said Tidwell. And remember you can check yourself.
online you can see which aircraft you're flying on along with your seating, flight numbers and arrival-departure times.
The planes are grounded pending an investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.