Articles tagged “lithium batteries”

Overheated Laptop Could Bring Down a Commercial Airplane, Says New Study

Overheated Laptop Could Bring Down a Commercial Airplane, Says New Study

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Lithium batteries constitute a major risk on commercial aircraft, particularly in places where airline crews cannot reach them. Banning them from the cargo hold would be logistically challenging but may be necessary.

9 months ago

Some Smart Luggage Makers Criticize New U.S. Airline Battery Guidelines

Some Smart Luggage Makers Criticize New U.S. Airline Battery Guidelines

Rachel Tepper Paley, Bloomberg

Yes, some bags might be more dangerous in the cargo hold than others. But airlines can't start making exceptions for some bags. They need a one-size-fits-all policy. Unfortunately, that's going to hurt some bag makers, since it's impossible to remove batteries from some luggage.

1 year ago

Lithium Battery Safeguards on Passenger Planes Stall Under Trump

Lithium Battery Safeguards on Passenger Planes Stall Under Trump

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Congress last year ordered the DOT to ban the bulk shipment of rechargeable batteries on U.S. domestic flights but Trump's order to freeze new regulations threatens to thwart that effort -- let alone expanding the ban to international flights.

2 years ago