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US bars lithium-ion batteries from passenger airplane cargo



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Airlines are now banned from transporting lithium-ion batteries and cells as cargo of passenger planes.


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The US government on Wednesday issued new rules banning airlines from transporting lithium-ion batteries and cells as a cargo of passenger planes. The new restriction does not apply to passengers or crew carrying electronics on board aircraft.

"This rule will increase passenger safety by addressing the unique challenges posed by lithium batteries during transportation"

In recent years, the use of lithium-ion batteries has been associated with fires and smoke many products, including now Samsung's canceled Galaxy Note 7 hoverboards and Boeing's 787 Dreamliner

The rules are expected to have little immediate effect. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a battery warning in 2016, urging airlines to investigate the risks associated with the transport of lithium batteries as cargo, including the "potential risk of catastrophic body loss." The signal covered batteries that were transported as components, not those that were already in devices such as laptops, tablets, phones, or walkways. fatal accidents are associated with lithium-ion batteries that are transported as fire.

The new rules allow lithium-ion batteries and batteries to be carried on airplanes only for cargoes with a charging state that does not exceed 30% when packed or contained in the equipment of the devices. The agency also said it would allow up to two lithium-ion batteries for use in medical devices on passenger airplanes at a charging level of more than 30% when the destination of the batteries is not served by daily cargo flights.


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