Sky ban on fire-hazard batteries

World | 24 Feb 2016

The United Nations agency responsible for air travel standards has agreed to ban the transportation of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, saying they pose a serious fire hazard.

The International Civil Aviation Organization says the temporary measure will last until it adopts new packaging standards in 2018.

Set to take effect on April 1, the ban will exclude lithium-ion batteries in laptops.

Although the ban is non- binding, most countries follow the agency's standards.

Two serious cases of overheating in lithium-ion batteries took place in January 2013 both on Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The first was on an aircraft parked in Boston, and the second on an All Nippon Airways jet over Japan.

Earlier this month, the US Federal Aviation Administration warned against the risk of "catastrophic explosion" in lithium-ion batteries transported in aircraft cargo holds.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE



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