The Federal Aviation Administration is considering possible temporary measures against United Airlines that would go beyond what was described in a letter the company sent to employees on Friday, two sources familiar told CBS News.

This comes in response to a series of worrying incidents involving United aircraft over the past month a wheel comes loose a Boeing 777, and a panel flying away an outdated Boeing 737.

Among the possible temporary measures being discussed include banning United from launching new routes for which it has not yet started selling tickets. Another consideration would be to allow the airline to continue taking delivery of new aircraft, but limit its ability to introduce the new aircraft into revenue service, which covers commercial flights carrying paying passengers interrupt.

A third option would be to temporarily ban United Check pilots from certifying new captains. Airlines usually perform these sign-offs internally.

Sources emphasize that discussions within the FAA may not lead to action, meaning some or all of these measures may not become visible at all. United says it has not yet been notified of a final decision from the FAA, and those internal FAA discussions may still be ongoing.

“Due to recent safety events, the FAA is increasing its oversight of United Airlines to ensure the company complies with safety regulations; identifies hazards and mitigates risks; and effectively manages safety,” the FAA said in a statement to CBS News Saturday. “Certification activities in progress may continue, but future projects may be deferred based on monitoring findings. The FAA will also initiate an evaluation of United Airlines under the provisions of the Certificate Holder Evaluation Process.”

In an interview with NBC News this week, FAA Administrator Michael Whitaker acknowledged that he spoke with United CEO Scott Kirby over the weekend about the recent incidents.

“I know they’re taking some tougher steps and looking at these issues,” Whitaker told NBC News. “We’re going to look at each of these incidents and see if we see a pattern… He’s worried, I’m worried, no one likes to see this spike in incidents. So we both do our job of watching. where those risks could occur.”

In a Friday letter to employees, Sasha Johnson, United’s vice president of corporate safety, appeared to acknowledge that temporary measures were on the way.

“In the coming weeks, we will begin to see increased FAA presence in our operations as they review some of our work processes, manuals and facilities,” Johnson wrote. “As part of this effort, the FAA will also suspend some certification activities for a period of time. Those activities will vary depending on the working group and we will learn more about that from the FAA soon.”

The FAA’s possible temporary action was first reported by Bloomberg.

“Safety is our top priority and at the center of everything we do,” Kirby wrote in a letter shipped to customers on March 18. “Our team reviews the details of each case to understand what happened and uses these insights to inform our safety training and procedures for all employee groups.”

United has aggressive growth plans, including hundreds of new aircraft on order, and has rapidly expanded its international route map. Earlier this month, United announced plans to launch flights to Marrakech, Morocco, Cebu, Philippines, and Medellin, Colombia.

In that same March 7 announcement, the airline said it plans to increase the number of flights to Hong Kong, Seoul, South Korea, Porto, Portugal and Shanghai, China.

Pausing route expansion and introducing new aircraft has the potential to have a significant impact on United’s bottom line, which is already being affected by continued delivery delays from Boeing.

Sources at the airline could not say when that “pause” would begin, or what exactly would be interrupted.

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