WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Did heads of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) put their credibility at risk, and perhaps air safety, too, when they reiterated their support of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner program prior to FAA's grounding of the US fleet? In an editorial analysis entitled, "Too Close for Comfort?" to be published in the February issue of Air Transport World, Editor-in-Chief Karen Walker observes as reports of onboard lithium-ion battery fires flared this week, US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta seemed unnaturally quick to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner and defend the aircraft, even as they were announcing a review of its design and production. "It was not without personal risk that LaHood and Huerta made public statements of their confidence in the aircraft's safety before the reviews are concluded," writes Walker. Regardless of the cause of the fires or outcome of any investigation, she says, "the value of FAA's safety review would be all the more credible had it begun from the position of clear and unequivocal independence." Click here to request an advance copy of Walker's editorial analysis. Please attribute any citations to " Air Transport World, February 2013." About Air Transport World Air Transport World, a Penton Media business, is the leading source of news, information and insight to the global commercial air transport industry. For more information visit atwonline.com About Penton Media, Inc. For millions of business owners and decision-makers, Penton makes the difference every day. We engageour professional users by providing actionable ideas and insights, data and workflow tools, community and networking, both in person and virtually, all with deep relevance to their specific industries. We then activatethis engagement by connecting users with tens of thousands of targeted providers of products and services to help drive business growth. Learn more about our company at www.penton.com. Penton is a privately held company owned by MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP.