How I could easily change my airplane ticket away from what I thought was a 737 Max

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With the 737 Max aircraft crashing twice in recent months and the EU and China banning the plane from flying, I thought it was time to take stock of my upcoming air travel.

There was one flight I thought might be a Max. Here’s how the breakdown by plane type is looking. All legs on American Airlines, which has the second most Max aircraft in the USA and one on Delta.

My airplanes through April:

Airbus 319 x 3

Airbus 321 x 3

Boeing 737 (not Max) x8

Boeing 787

Embraer 175 x4

Embraer 145

RJ 700

I thought this one was a Max:

A Tampa to Dallas flight seemed to be on a different 737. Main cabin seats start in row 8, not 7 like other 737s, but that’s not a Max the agent told me. That’s the retrofit 737, which more seats and smaller bathrooms. Ugh.

Oh. So how can I tell that it is a Max?

Here’s where American says in its app what aircraft you are on:

And if it was a Max, it would say 7M8. Now I know. I don’t have any of those listed that I saw!

Even my 11-year-old was asking to make sure we aren’t traveling on a Max for spring break.

American reassured me on Twitter that “We will never operate an unsafe aircraft. We regularly monitor aircraft performance and safety parameters across our entire fleet.”

But could I change that flight if it was a Max? In this case, yes. I had booked it on miles and I simply can cancel and rebook on another routing.

Of course, this routing was just a few thousand miles and another routing may be more.

Either way, it wasn’t a Max and the media coverage maybe got me going a bit here.