737 Max ban in US comes late
Delayed move raises doubts about global aviation leadership
In the face of mounting global pressure and widespread outrage domestically, US authorities on Wednesday local time gave in and followed dozens of other countries to ground the embattled Boeing 737 Max. But instead of assuring the public, the delayed move sparked much debate about the US role in global aviation as China took the lead.
Although some Americans praised the government’s decision to take safety first, they also feel disappointed as it is China, not the US, which was the first country to ground the 737 Max.
“You mean after every country in the world banned them. We used to be first, now we’re late,” netizen Vcc said.
“Finally Trump manages to catch up with China, the EU, Australia and most other countries in the world on safety to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8,” Hardy World said on Twitter.
Growing frustration among Americans sparked outrage in media reports as well.
When China on Monday became the first country to order all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes grounded in the aftermath of an Ethiopian Airlines crash Sunday, its aviation regulator sent an unmistakable signal: The US Federal Aviation Administration is no longer the only authority in the civil