This does not bode well for Americans who fly. Boeing donates $1 million to Trump's sketchy inaugural fund and the U.S. breaks with other nations that have grounded the Boeing 737 after two brand new planes fell out of the sky. https://t.co/OVdmfdJHna
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) March 13, 2019
Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better. Split second decisions are….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2019
Experts — pah! Who needs them? Of course, Trump never flies commercial, so… Mr. Pierce, at Esquire:
… I’m sure this has something to do with the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 that killed 157 people over the weekend. (This was the second disastrous crash of this new aircraft since last October.) Several countries have grounded the new plane until, to coin a phrase, they figure out what the hell’s going on. The United States has not. Of course, the president* has not yet nominated anyone to be the head of the FAA, so that could complicate things. Maybe he’s shorting Boeing stock. Who knows? But what is obvious is that this is another sample drawn from his endless reservoir of self-regard—Look, I’m an aeronautical engineer!—combined with a healthy dose of his trademark disrespect for any form of actual expertise.
This cartoon seems timely again. pic.twitter.com/9Cj2PfHNrU
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) March 12, 2019
The software fix to solve the unexpected nosedive problem in these planes had been expected in early January but the government shutdown reportedly "halted work on the fix for five weeks." pic.twitter.com/KDFwnuFIuX
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) March 13, 2019
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) March 12, 2019
The dumb airline tweets are fun to mock but this is #actually how Trump won: Ignore data that prove things have gotten better, insist things have gotten worse, appeal to nostalgia for mythic era before modernity when things seemed simpler. (For some people.)
— Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) March 12, 2019