Boeing's 787: Should You Board This Plane?

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft banks during a flyby at the Farnborough International Air Show in Farnborough, U.K. Photograph by Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Boeing’s new 787 is a rather fraught aircraft at the moment. It carries large bundles of lithium batteries that are a known fire hazard, its windshield has suffered cracks, and U.S. regulators have begun an inquiry to figure out what’s going on. Amid that review, the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday ordered the grounding of U.S.-registered 787s, affecting the six that are in service with United Airlines.

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