Dreamliner Nightmare: Will Fliers Ever Feel Safe?
The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered all U.S. Dreamliners to cease flying until the battery fire risk is investigated.
Following a nightmarish few weeks for the long-awaited Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the FAA has ordered that all 787 fleets be grounded as a precaution after an emergency landing in Japan. And that was after a series of other incidents, including a battery fire aboard an empty Dreamliner in Boston last week.
Japan, India and Ethiopian airlines have grounded their Dreamliners, and other nations where 787s were in service have followed suit.
Boeing President Jim McNerney issued a statement that the company is working around the clock with customers, regulators and investigators to solve the problems.
“Boeing deeply regrets the impact that recent events have had on the operating schedules of our customers and the inconvenience to them and their passengers,” McNerney says. “We are confident the 787 is safe, and we stand behind its overall integrity.”
But what about the fliers? Will they lose faith in the Dreamliner, even if the safety issues and bugs are resolved? Will the dreamy ‘mood lighting’ and larger windows ever override the trepidation of setting foot on a Dreamliner again?
Will you fly on a Dreamliner once the issues are resolved? Tell us in the comments.