UN group bans lithium battery shipments from passenger planes

UN group bans lithium battery shipments from passenger planes

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Lithium-ion batteries, like these generally utilized in laptops and smartphones, are not allowed to be shipped as cargo on passenger planes, the United Nation’s Worldwide Civil Aviation Group determined this week. There isn’t any want to fret about your carry-on devices right here — the ruling applies solely to shipments of lithium batteries within the cargo space of a business airliner. The brand new security measure goes into impact on April 1st, and it ought to maintain robust till ICAO and its companions can implement new, hearth-resistant packaging requirements for lithium batteries. That is anticipated to roll out by 2018.

The Federal Aviation Administration lately warned passengers towards packing lithium batteries of their checked luggage, as they current a danger of igniting and fueling fires within the cargo maintain.

Lithium batteries are the primary cause “hoverboards” aren’t allowed on most planes (or school campuses, New York subways and principally anyplace you don’t need a sudden hearth). As these batteries decay, they broaden, breaking by means of their very own inner elements and typically bursting into flames.

New analysis makes an attempt to unravel this overheating problem, together with a way from Standford that mechanically shuts down the batteries in the event that they overheat. Sony — the corporate that developed the primary business lithium-ion battery — is engaged on safer, extra environment friendly options like magnesium-sulfur batteries, although these will not be prepared till 2020, no less than.