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U.S. Bans Lithium Battery Cargo on Passenger Planes

The U.S. government said on Wednesday it is issuing new rules barring airlines from carrying potentially hazardous lithium-ion cells and batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, and setting new requirements for transporting them on cargo planes. The U.S. Transportation Department’s …

Laptop Battery Fire in Checked Luggage Could Bring Down an Airliner: Study

A single personal electronic device that overheats and catches fire in checked luggage on an airliner can overpower the aircraft’s fire suppression system, potentially creating a fire that could rage uncontrolled, according to new government research. Regulators had thought that …

Big Batteries Could Pose Big Fire Risk for Cities

The new era of big batteries has already drawn scrutiny after fiery electric-car crashes across America and Europe. Now, U.S. city planners are worried about the same risk of hard-to-control blazes as these power-storage units make their way into basements …

U.S. Agency, Industry Working on New Safety Standards for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Safety standards for lithium-ion batteries need to be modernized following a massive recall of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd phones after faulty batteries caused fires, a U.S. government agency said on Tuesday. “Consumers should never have to worry that a battery-powered …

Australia Airlines Ban Use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones After Battery Fires

Three Australian airlines have banned passengers from using or charging Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flights due to concerns over the phone’s fire-prone batteries. Qantas, its budget unit Jetstar and Virgin Australia said they had not been directed …

U.S. Again Warns Airlines Against Carrying Lithium Battery Cargo

U.S. aviation safety officials are raising new warnings about the dangers of carrying bulk shipments of lithium-based batteries on commercial flights. The Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates the aviation industry, on Tuesday sent a notice to airlines urging them to …

Airlines Banning, Safety Agency Investigating Hoverboards Over Fires

Hoverboards may be on many people’s Christmas lists but they present a conundrum for airlines, which are mulling the best way to transport the popular devices that could present a fire risk. The three largest U.S. airlines, American Airlines Group …

Airlines Banning Bulk Shipments of Lithium Rechargeable Batteries

Replacing smartphone batteries just got harder. Fearing cargo fires like one that caused a United Parcel Service Inc. freighter to crash into the desert near Dubai in 2010, at least 18 airlines have banned freight shipments of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries …

Do Boeing’s 787 Battery Woes Hold Lessons for Other Vehicles?

U .S. regulators are discussing whether the batteries that burned on Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner hold any lessons for other aircraft or vehicles. George Nield, associate administrator for commercial space transportation at the Federal Aviation Administration, said a dialogue is …

Too Early to Know Cost of 787 Dreamliner Claims, Says Boeing’s Insurer

Boeing Co. has some insurance in case its aircraft are grounded, but it is far too soon to say whether the problems with the 787 Dreamliner will lead to significant claims, the head of the planemaker’s lead insurer said on …