In September, rows of passenger seats came loose on three separate American Airlines’ Boeing 757 flights. For the airline, which this month will hit the one-year mark of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring, the incidents proved a bit too symbolic. “The seats flipped backwards and so people were essentially on the laps of the people behind them with their legs up in the air,” one passenger told ABC television as the US media cast a harsh spotlight on American. ...

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