Members of the media tour Boeing 787 Dreamliner's cabin displaying versatile LED lighting system during a 2012 press preview in Singapore. While Dreamliners are grounded, the batteries causing airliner's troubles can still fly.
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At the same time the government certified Boeing's 787 Dreamliners as safe, federal rules barred the type of batteries used to power the airliner's electrical systems from being carried as cargo on passenger planes because of the fire risk.
Now the situation is reversed.
Dreamliners worldwide were grounded nearly three weeks ago after lithium ion batteries that are part of the planes led to a fire in one plane and smoke in a second. But new rules exempt aircraft batteries from the ban on large lithium ion batteries as cargo on flights by passenger planes. ...