RFID Prototype Aircraft Delays <i>Not</i> An RFID Issue

With reports out this week that Boeing's much-celebrated upcoming aircraft—the 787 Dreamliner—would be again delayed because of technology problems, some wondered if the delays involved the plane's extensive RFID experiments.

Boeing spokesperson Nancy Standifer announced Wednesday that the plane's delays do not involve its experimental RFID capabilities and for a very good reason: the delays have prevented the RFID phase from even starting. The plane is slated to be among the first to truly have RFID tags on thousands of individual parts. And those tags have to work in temperatures that ranged from 40 degrees (Fahrenheit) below zero to 1,200 degrees above zero.