American installs back-up locks on 767-300 seats

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American Airlines says it is installing back-up locking devices on seat tracks of 49 Boeing 767-300s.

The installation of the secondary locking devices on the majority of American's fleet of 58 767-300s will require nine days to complete, but will not result in flight cancellations, the airline says.

The Oneworld carrier decided to install the back-up device because the 49 767-300s use the same primary locking mechanism that failed on at least two 757-200s in September.

American already has rolled out back-up locks on the seat tracks for the 757 fleet.

The rest of American's fleet use a different primary locking system, and do not require a back-up, the carrier says.