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Allegiant delays flights to inspect MD-80 slides

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Allegiant Airlines has taken 30 of its 52 MD-80 aircraft out of service to inspect emergency slides, days after passengers and crew members slid to the tarmac to escape one of its planes in Las Vegas

The Las Vegas-based airline posted a notice saying an unspecified number of flights would be delayed, rescheduled or canceled during the next several days.

Company spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said Friday that Monday's evacuation following reports of smoke in the cabin triggered a maintenance review that found unspecified problems.

No injuries were reported in the evacuation at McCarran International Airport. The 144 passengers and six crew members were bound for Peoria, Ill.

Allegiant Airlines is owned by Allegiant Travel Co. The parent company's shares slipped 81 cents, to $102.18, in midday trading.

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Allegiant posted the following on Facebook Friday afternoon: 

Allegiant continues to address the situation involving re-inspection of emergency slides on the MD80 fleet. As of this update, 18 of 121 scheduled flights will not be completed today. Sixteen of those flights will operate Sept. 21, and two flights between Oakland, Ca. and Reno, Nv. will be cancelled. Allegiant is working to accommodate all affected passengers and will offer the following compensation:

Flights delayed less than four hours: $100 voucher for future travel.
Flights delayed 4-6 hours: $150 off voucher for future travel.
Flights delayed six or more hours: $200 voucher for future travel.
Cancelled flights: Full refund, $200 voucher for future travel.

For passengers delayed overnight, hotel accommodations and meals will be provided. For travel and compensation questions, please call Allegiant Customer Care at 702-505-8888.

Allegiant expects all Saturday flights, including those rescheduled by today's delays, will operate as scheduled. 

All passengers are encouraged to sign up for text alerts for the most up-to-date flight status information at http://gofly.us/ZN5Lyl.

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