Both Squaremouth and InsureMyTrip, insurance comparison sites, said on Wednesday before the planes were grounded that they had received calls from customers with concerns about flying on a Boeing 737 Max 8, the model of plane involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash last Sunday and a Lion Air crash in last October.
Fear of flying as a result of the crashes is not covered by insurance.
“While airplane safety concerns may leave travelers fearful of flying, being too scared to travel is never a covered reason to cancel a trip under standard travel insurance policies,” Squaremouth said in a statement.
The only instance insurance would apply is if a customer had purchased a cancel-for-any-reason benefit.
Similarly, Squaremouth said, travel insurance does not cover flight changes to an aircraft that isn’t a 737 Max 8.
Delays, cancellations or flights grounded because of the situation could possibly be covered, but it depends on a traveler’s policy.
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