UPDATE Mar. 13, 9:26pm: Southwest has inspected most of its planes. Few delays have been reported. Thanks to Joe Brancatelli for this breaking news: Southwest has voluntarily grounded at least 41 planes. That’s about 8 percent of its fleet of 520 Boeing 737s. A grounding of these many planes, however briefly, will have a ripple effect on Southwest’s schedule. There have already been cancellations and there are likely to be scores of cancellations tomorrow and in the immediate days ahead. Check the status of any upcoming Southwest flights carefully . Consider booking away from Southwest until the airline reveals how the groundings will affect the airline’s schedule. Its fleet is entirely composed of Boeing 737s, which gives the carrier flexibility to move planes around quickly.
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