Flight Cancellations Spread to Delta

ATLANTA (AP) -- Flight cancellations caused headaches for people taking flights on Delta Air Lines from Atlanta on Thursday because of the company's voluntary re-inspection of wiring on its MD-88 airplanes.

Delta began the inspections Wednesday night, causing flights to be canceled and unsuspecting passengers to become frustrated.

Officials were expecting heavy volumes at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Thursday, Delta spokeswoman Chris Kelly said. Both Delta and the Transportation Security Administration were bringing in extra staff to handle the crowd of travelers, she said.

Kelly said she didn't yet have estimates on how many passengers were affected by the flight cancellations and urged travelers to check their flight's status on Delta's Web site.

Delta's MD-90 planes were initially part of the re-inspection, but it was later determined that only Delta's 117 MD-88s would be part of the review, Kelly said.

Delta's review comes as American Airlines canceled about 325 flights Wednesday so its crews could inspect wire bundles aboard its MD-80 aircraft.

Delta said its planes were inspected earlier this year but the airline is "proactively and voluntarily revalidating" compliance with a directive from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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