737 Max ban in US comes late

De­layed move raises doubts about global avi­a­tion lead­er­ship

Global Times US Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Tu Lei

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

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