PASSENGERS across the globe have been hit by airport delays and travel chaos after all Boeing 737 Max planes were grounded following the deadly Ethiopia plane crash.

The US became the last country to temporarily ban the jets over safety concerns, joining 40 others including the UK, France, Germany, China, India and Australia.

 Passengers have been hit by delays and cancellations after all Boeing 737 Max planes were grounded, pictured is Vancouver International Airport

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Passengers have been hit by delays and cancellations after all Boeing 737 Max planes were grounded, pictured is Vancouver International Airport
 Long queues were also seen at Vancouver Airport after Air Canada scrambled to re-book passengers onto different flights

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Long queues were also seen at Vancouver Airport after Air Canada scrambled to re-book passengers onto different flights

American and Southwest Airlines immediately cancelled a number of flights after Donald Trump made the announcement on Wednesday.

Long queues were also seen at airports in Toronto and Vancouver after Air Canada scrambled to re-book passengers onto different flights.

680 News reporter Mark Douglas tweeted: “It’s a hectic day at the Air Canada desks here at Pearson Airport, now that all Boeing 737 Max jets have been grounded in Canada.

“The airline says those jets usually carry up to 12,000 passengers per day. WestJet also affected.

“With every Boeing 737 Max8 and Max9 jet now grounded across Canada, passengers here at Terminal 1 at Pearson Airport are coping as best they can.”

Another passenger shared a picture of the queues at Vancouver Airport, saying: “Super long delay at Vancouver Airport by Air Canada.”

The move to ground the Boeing 737 Max planes comes after 157 died when an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed on Sunday – the second air disaster involving the model in less than five months.

 One passenger shared a picture of the queues at Vancouver Airport, saying: 'Super long delay at Vancouver Airport by Air Canada'

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One passenger shared a picture of the queues at Vancouver Airport, saying: ‘Super long delay at Vancouver Airport by Air Canada’
 Confused passengers have been hit by flight delays and cancellations

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Confused passengers have been hit by flight delays and cancellations

Enhanced satellite tracking data has linked the Ethiopian jet’s movements to those of an Indonesian Lion Air flight that plunged into the Java Sea in October and killed 189 people.

This is what prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to issue an emergency order keeping the planes on the tarmac.

Donald Trump announced: “Any plane currently in the air will go to its destination and thereafter be grounded until further notice. So planes that are in the air will be grounded, if they’re the 737 MAX, will be grounded upon landing at the destination.”

Experts have warned that confused passengers may face departure time changes seat differences, and even possibly being moved from a direct flight to one with a connection.

Some airlines may be more adversely affected than others, for example Southwest Airlines has 34 of the planes in service, more than any other American carrier.

Southwest is letting customers booked on cancelled 737 Max flights rebook on alternate flights without any additional fees or fare differences within 14 days of their original date of travel.

“While we remain confident in the MAX 8 after completing more than 88,000 flight hours accrued over 41,000 flights, we support the actions of the FAA and other regulatory agencies and governments across the globe,” the company said.

 TUI confirmed that customers will be flown home on alternative aircraft

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TUI confirmed that customers will be flown home on alternative aircraft

UK’S Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has just announced that it is temporarily banning Boeing 737 Max 8 planes from the UK airspace.

With Tui and Norwegian Air the only two airlines still operating the model until this morning, here’s how Brits will be affected.

A spokesperson for TUI told Sun Online Travel: “TUI Airways can confirm that all 737 MAX 8 aircraft currently operating in the UK have been grounded following the decision from the UK regulatory authorities today.

“Any customers due to fly home today on a 737 MAX 8 from their holiday will be flown back on another aircraft.

“Customers due to travel in the coming days will also travel on holiday as planned on other aircraft.

“The safety and wellbeing of our customers and staff has remained our primary concern.”

Norwegian have also confirmed that they are temporarily suspending flights on Boeing 737 MAX 8.

In a statement to Sun Online Travel, the carrier said: “Following the decision by the relevant aviation regulatory bodies to temporarily suspend operations of Boeing 737 MAX, Norwegian will not operate any flights with this aircraft type until further notice.

“We remain in close dialogue with the aviation authorities and Boeing, and follow their instructions and recommendations.

“Norwegian has more than 110 Boeing 737–800 aircraft in its fleet, which is not affected by this temporary suspension.

“We would like to apologise to customers who will be affected by temporary cancellations and delays, but the safety and security of our customers and colleagues will never be compromised, and once authorities advise to cease operations we will of course comply.”

 Workers collect wreckage from the crashed Ethiopia Airlines jet

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Workers collect wreckage from the crashed Ethiopia Airlines jet
 The black box flight recorder is recovered from the crash site

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The black box flight recorder is recovered from the crash site
China orders its airlines to ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets following deadly Ethiopia Airlines crash

The airline has not yet confirmed if or how many passengers might be affected.

Norwegian has advised passengers with upcoming flights to check its flight status page, and to sign up to free SMS alerts on their flights.

Customers can also use the airline’s chat service to find out more about their own flight.

Earlier today, the CAA announced that it has banned all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes from the UK airspace, which will affect any flights due to fly in or out from the UK.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the UK Civil Aviation Authority said: “Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the tragic incident in Ethiopia on Sunday.

“The UK Civil Aviation Authority has been closely monitoring the situation, however, as we do not currently have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace.

“The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s safety directive will be in place until further notice.

“We remain in close contact with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and industry regulators globally.”

 Pictured is the Boeing aircraft that crashed, on the day it was delivered in 2018

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Pictured is the Boeing aircraft that crashed, on the day it was delivered in 2018

Passengers who are concerned about their safety and want to find out what plane they will be travelling on for an upcoming journey can use Seat Guru’s free tool.

It’s easy to use – all you need to do is to input the airline you’re flying with, the date you’re travelling on and the flight number if you know it.

Even if you don’t know your flight number, you can still use the tool – you just need to put in your departure airport and destination instead.

However, it’s worth bearing in mind that airlines will sometimes change the aircraft they use at the last minute for operational reasons.

This could be because there aren’t enough passengers, or there are more passengers than expected.

It could even be because there was a delay elsewhere or a last minute fault that means an aircraft needs to be changed.

The Boeing 737 Max is the best selling commercial jet in history with the latest version being operated by airlines around the world.

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 Donald Trump has ordered all Boeing 737 Max planes are grounded in the US

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Donald Trump has ordered all Boeing 737 Max planes are grounded in the US
 Boeing planes sat on the tarmac in Washington this afternoon as the President announced they were to be grounded

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Boeing planes sat on the tarmac in Washington this afternoon as the President announced they were to be grounded

How to check if you’re on a Boeing 737 Max 8

A quick Google search will bring up your flight number and possibly the type of plane scheduled to be used.

If this isn’t listed, get in touch with the airline by phone or the internet to ask what plane is used one that route.

The airline’s website should be able to tell you if you have already booked a trip using your booking reference.

You can also check an aviation tracking website or app such as Flightradar24 and FlightAware.

This will require a flight number to find out which plane or planes are typically used on a certain route.

Alternatively, use the plane’s registration number to look up details, including the type of plane and how old it is, on a public database run by a civil aviation body.

In the UK, this means checking the Civil Aviation Authority’s website.

Boeing itself said it had “full confidence” in the safety of the 737 MAX fleet.

The company said: “We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets.

“We’ll continue to engage with them to ensure they have the information needed to have confidence in operating their fleets.”

China ordered its airlines to ground the planes — they had 96 MAX 8 jets in service, more than one-fourth of the roughly 370 MAX jets in circulation.

The European Aviation Safety Agency said that “at this early stage” of the more recent investigation, “it cannot be excluded that similar causes may have contributed to both events.”

 It comes after a deadly crash in Ethiopia which killed all 149 passengers - including nine Brits

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It comes after a deadly crash in Ethiopia which killed all 149 passengers – including nine Brits
Boeing 737 Max 8 banned from UK airspace following Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that killed all 157 on board


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