Australia, Singapore, China ground Boeing's 737 MAX

The BBC reports that Australia and Singapore have disallowed Boing's 737 MAX series from flying in or out of their airports, joining other countries in grounding the jets.

The decision comes after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing Max 8 crashed on Sunday, killing 157 people on board. It was the second fatal accident involving that model in less than five months. Singapore's Changi Airport is the world's sixth busiest and a major hub connecting Asia to Europe and the US.

China and Indonesia have also suspended the new 737 models, but U.S., European and Canadian carriers haven't followed suit. The US Federal Aviation Administration insists that it's safe to fly.

You can ask your airline or at the gate, but savvy travelers say the most reliable way to find out if you're booked for a flight on the Boeing Deathliner is to look up the flight number on a flight-tracking app. If previous flights were on one, yours very likely is too.

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