Department of Transportation Restricts Lithium Batteries on Flights
Think twice before packing those spare laptop batteries in your checked luggage.
Lithium batteries, the target of several fire-related recalls in the past, have been banned by the U.S. Department of Transportation from checked luggage unless installed in equipment such as laptops, cellphones and digital cameras. In a statement released by the department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on Friday, loose lithium batteries will only be allowed in carry-on baggage, and then only in separate plastic containers with a limit of two per passenger.
According to the FAA, the fire-protection systems in passenger plane cargo holds are incapable of extinguishing fires started by lithium batteries.
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