NBC-7 in San Diego reports the Japan Airlines flight left Lindbergh Field shortly after 1:30 p.m. PDT Wednesday. But the plane turned around and landed back in San Diego by 3:10 p.m. PDT.
Airline officials told the television station the pilot received an error message for the deicing system. The pilot made the decision to go back to San Diego so repairs could be made.
The flight then departed from Lindbergh Field at about 6:40 p.m., headed for Japan.
The Dreamliner has suffered a few glitches, most notably overheating lithium-ion battery systems that caused the planes to be grounded worldwide for three months this year. Boeing redesigned the battery systems to the satisfaction of U.S. aviation regulators.
Last month, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA grounded a Boeing 787 so that officials from the American company can examine what appears to be a technical problem.
Norwegian spokesman Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen said that the plane "has not been reliable enough and passengers have been subjected to too many delays." He declined to identify the technical glitches encountered.
Other problems with the Dreamliner have included antenna and electrical glitches.
And a toilet problem was blamed for causing a Tokyo-bound Japan Airlines Boeing 787 to turn around and return to Moscow this week, according to media reports.