Transportation Secretary Roy LaHood ‘s message to Toyota owners back in 2010:
“LaHood says his advice to owners is to ‘stop driving it. Take it to a Toyota dealer because they believe they have a fix for it.’”
Now here’s message regarding Boeing’s new 787 wide-body:
“I believe this plane is safe and I would have absolutely no reservations of boarding one of these planes and taking a flight,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said at the press conference.”
Perhaps these statements are the right thing to say politically, but they’re not the right thing to say IRL. The chances of people dying in a 787 accident over the next month or so are low, but those chances are orders of magnitude higher than that of passengers on a tried-and true Boeing 777, for example.
So the fact that we’re not even going to consider grounding the fleet in America because some pol “thinks” the 787 is “safe” seems stupid to me.
And the latest is that an airline in Japan has grounded its entire fleet of 787 Dreamliners.