Travel insurance providers on Wednesday issued guidance as to whether customers impacted by the grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft would be covered by insurance.

Allianz Travel Insurance said customers might be covered if their "departure was significantly delayed." That coverage would include meals, accommodations and transportation while delayed up to policy limits.

Any policies purchased on or after March 13, the day the planes were grounded in the U.S., would not cover delays or losses related to the grounding, Allianz said.

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.

If the traveler has a "common carrier delay" or "common carrier caused delay" benefit in their policy, it could cover delays, cancellations or groundings, InsureMyTrip said.

Squaremouth said policies likely wouldn't cover a grounded plane, but agreed that delay benefits could cover things like meals or accommodations caused by a common carrier delay.


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