A-Net obsession with the story is NOT shared by the general population.
Forgive me if I don't share the everything-will-be-rosy view with the guy who spent 40 pages of the MAX crash/grounding threads insisting that it was all the crew's fault.
Hmmm, not sure about that. This thread seems to have to most deniers of all MAX related threads. My mom, who is suffering from dementia, asked me if I was flying on a MAX when I go to Europe in 2 weeks.
FWIW I've been asked about the MAX at dinner parties three times in the last week (two times about the mechanics of trim, one conversation about regulatory capture).
The advent of social media has made the public relationship to the 737MAX different than in the past; A.NET is just a microcosm of that effect. Personal opinion becomes as significant to the general populace as does expert opinion, knowledge and evidence-based analysis. An unfortunate trend generally, where misinformation can easily dominate and hold more sway than verifiable facts. One personal example on Facebook was the assertion that you can identify a MAX as any 737 type with two overwing exits on each side. This is bad for Boeing because such false data generally goes unchecked and the result is that the problem becomes a general 737 problem NOT a MAX problem. On the other-hand, the social media phenomenon also has a flash-in-the-pan, what is the next-big-thing nature to distract populist attention.
And thanks to FlightRadar24, people can easily check on the flights around/above them to see MAXs.
ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC --- one thing in common -- not one single word about the MAX in days
the world moves on even if a.net does not
CNN, yesterday:https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/19/poli ... index.html
Also, the 737max has caused a lot of cancellations, I doubt the flying public will forget that the 73max had crashes and then was grounded for months (so far).
As we head towards the busier periods of NS, I'm sure we will start to see more news and social media coverage of people complaining about cancellations and flight delays due to MAX cancellations.