Pretty soon, it will be easier and much more pleasant to just stay home and have a virtual vacation or virtual meeting using the 3D surround technology being developed by Microsoft for XBox and all the other tech company's similar products. Airlines are gradually making the flying experience less and less enjoyable. The tipping point is not that far away when the average consumer will say no thanks to being treated like cattle.
The description of the 'fix' in the article is not so much a fix as a containment strategy for when this happens again. Not very comforting to future passengers, the airline customers or investors in Boeing who will all start to vote with their feet unless Boeing gets to the bottom of this issue and creates a proper fix instead of the current direction they are headed with containment.
This whole episode reminds me of the dangers of allowing engineers to make prudent business decisions. And before anyone cruxifies me for that statement, Steve Jobs had constant run-ins with his engineers and had to constantly ride herd on them to come up with solutions that made business sense. And he was proven right tima and time again. Boeing's so called interim fix may contain a proven danger from an engineering standpoint, but people who have a personal (butts in seats) or financial interest in a real fix don't care one iota about what the engineers think. Users form their own perceptions ab
Putting the batteries under full load, including powering up all the equipment, both inflight and ground, will likely be the only way to see if they can duplicate the failure. As I mentioned in a previious post, the elephant is the room is growing progressively larger. I expect the general grounding to last at least a few more weeks and possibly months until they can diagnose a definitive cause and create a fix. Yes, it does seem like saving 40 kg (about 84 pounds)is a steep price to pay when you compare the alternative Ni-Cad technology. That's only 2 pieces of checked luggage on a plane that will hold hundreds of bags or tons of cargo below the passenger deck.
The elephant in the room is getting larger by the day, and Boeing is paying in reputation and future customer loyalty today, and potentially near catastrophic financial implications as time goes on. This makes Apple's issues with 'antennae gate' and Apple 'mapsgate' look like a walk in the park compared to Boeing's fallout with 'batterygate.' Hope they can work it all out without a complete re-engineering and re-cert required.