Given what we know right now, folks choosing to avoid the max is totally justified.
"What we know"? We don't know anything, all we have is speculative information.
Which is entirely my point.
I'll put it to you like this. Say there's an a tourist area that has been safe for decades. All of a sudden, one weekend, there's a series of random killings. Authorities haven't gotten to the bottom of why the killings happen, when a couple of weekends later, a similar series of killings happens.
You and your family are scheduled to go there for vacation two weeks after that, and the authorities still haven't figured out why there have been recent killings. In that situation, would you put your family at risk by going on the vacation anyway?
Some might, but many wouldn't, and they're totally justified in doing so. What we do know right now is that a new American aircraft type has only recently entered service and has now crashed twice in a short period of time. These are rates not seen in an American type since the DC-10 in the 70s, and that aircraft was grounded due to a design flaw. The idea that everything is OK and a design flaw in the Max certainly could not be the case is a result of the deification of aircraft manufacturers around here. Just like pilots, mechanics, and everyone else involved in aviation, Boeing engineers are human and fallible. Until we know more, I personally won't be flying any Maxes and neither will my family.