Article: Lithium Batteries Banned From Checked Bags
- It seems like there are some modifications to this, so that it will
not affect all Lithium batteries. (Carrying a cell phone equipped
with a Lithium battery onto an airplane apparently will be ok... as to
laptops, I think so, hard to say for-sure...?)
>The administration is treating lithium batteries as[...]
>hazardous materials since they're known for overheating and
>catching fire in some conditions. Tests conducted by the
>Federal Aviation Administration show that aircraft cargo
>fire suppression systems on airplanes are incapable of
>containing fires caused by nonrechargeable lithium batteries
>packaged in bulk quantities.
>A small fire source is enough to ignite a lithium battery.
>The outer plastic coating can melt easily and fuse
>neighboring batteries together to increase the intensity of
>the fire, according to a June 2004 report published by the
>Office of Aviation Research.
>In a situation where a lithium battery ignites in carry-on
>baggage, flight crews can better monitor the fire since they
>have access to fire extinguishers.
>There have been several instances in the past year that have
>raised red flags about lithium batteries.