Lithium-ion batteries on passenger aircrafts banned by U.N. agency

The U.N. aviation agency has now prohibited shipments of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, following concerns by pilots and plane makers that they are a fire risk.

Lithium metal batteries, which are used in watches, have already been banned on passenger planes globally. The International Civil Aviation Organization’s 36-state governing council said the prohibition would be in effect as of April 1, and would be maintained until a new fire-resistant packaging standard is designed to transport the batteries.

Lithium-ion batteries can still be transported on cargo planes.

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Subsequent to the recent decision by the ICAO Council to prohibit the carriage of lithium ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, the UN aviation agency has issued the following clarifications:


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