FORT WORTH (January 29, 2009)—A Texas-based airliner is limiting the number of passengers it will allow on some of its jets while it orders more life rafts in case of a water landing.
Fort Worth-based American Airlines says it will allow no more than 228 people on its overseas jets.
The Boeing 767-300s were redesigned by American to seat 236 passengers.
Federal Aviation Administration rules for flying over large bodies of water require enough room on life rafts for everyone on board -- plus carrying an extra raft.
The announcement comes just two weeks after a US Airways jet ditched into the Hudson River in New York
American says it never endangered passengers, who have other flotation devices -- like seat cushions.
All passengers and crew members on board survived the January 15 crash.
Delta, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines and Houston-based Continental Airlines say their planes meet FAA rules on flotation devices.
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