US bans lithium batteries from cargo holds on passenger flights

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Division of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration issued new guidelines designed to guard air passengers from the potential risks of lithium ion batteries. The brand new interim remaining rule disallows lithium ion cells and batteries within the cargo space of passenger airplanes. The rule additionally units new steering for lithium ion batteries that journey on cargo-carrying planes, specifying that they not exceed a state of being 30 p.c charged.

“This rule will strengthen security for the touring public by addressing the distinctive challenges lithium batteries pose in transportation,” U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao mentioned of the brand new rule.

In 2016, the U.N.’s Worldwide Civil Aviation Authority put related restrictions in place for all member nations in an effort to stop the danger of in-flight cargo maintain fires. The rule gained’t have an effect on present steering that enables digital gadgets within the passenger cabin of planes, solely codifying the steering already in place by the U.N. authority beneath U.S. regulation.

The FAA’s present reality sheet means that these batteries ought to be carried within the passenger space and never checked, although it doesn’t go so far as banning them outright:

“Gadgets containing lithium metallic or lithium ion batteries, together with – however not restricted to – smartphones, tablets, and laptops, ought to be saved in carry-on baggage. If these gadgets are packed in checked baggage, they need to be turned fully off, protected against unintentional activation and packed so they’re protected against injury.”

Whereas passenger gained’t be required to vary their conduct beneath the brand new ruleset, shoppers might discover that batteries and charging gadgets shipped to them might arrive and not using a full cost.


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