Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport could ban 737 Max 8 from landing

Posted at 1:58 PM, Mar 13, 2019

Editor's note: The following story was published before President Trump revealed an emergency order grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft.

If Broward County's mayor has his way, Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport will become the first U.S. airport to ban the Boeing 737 Max 8.

RELATED: President Trump orders all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 jets in U.S. to be grounded

Mayor Mark Bogen wants to stop the aircraft from landing at the airport following two separate crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

“My interest is to protect the public until we can find the cause of these crashes and problems with aircraft. If we can’t legally stop the aircraft from landing here in Fort Lauderdale, then I’ve asked the County Attorney to amend our contracts with airlines flying the jet and I want warning signs placed at terminal gates so passengers will know they’re boarding this type of aircraft,” Bogen said in a statement.

He wants the Broward County Board of County Commissioners to discuss and vote on the matter.

According to Broward County, Southwest Airlines is the only airline that flies the Boeing 737 Max 8 out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The U.S. is the only nation still allowing the 737 Max 8 to continue flying. Canada grounded the planes Wednesday.