Market Extra: U.S. Transportation Sectary Elaine Chao just took a Boeing 737 Max 8 from Texas to Washington amid worldwide groundings

Elaine Chao, the U.S. transportation secretary, took a 737 Max 8 jet from Austin to Washington, D.C., in an apparent act of support, according to a late-Tuesday report.

Politico, citing an anonymous tipster, reported that Chao took a nonstop flight on the plane on Tuesday in the midst of worldwide grounding of the plane that has been involved in a pair of fatal plane crashes within a four-month span.

On Tuesday, a wave of aviation regulators and air carriers, ranging from the United Kingdom to Malaysia, banned Boeing Co.’s BA, -6.15% 737 Max 8 jets, or other versions of the jet.

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