Hoverboards seized at JFK for fire safety

Remember how hoverboards were such a popular gift this past Christmas, even though they were catching on fire? Now, Reuters has reported that nearly 1,400 of the two-wheeled, self-balancing electric scooters were seized at New York’s JFK Airport during the month of December 2015, because the devices were powered with counterfeit lithium-ion batteries that were […]

NTSB throws another monkey wrench at lithium battery issue

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has chimed in on the ongoing lithium battery debate. On Tuesday of this week, it recommended that lithium batteries be physically separated from other flammable materials carried as cargo, and to establish maximum loading density requirements designed to restrict the quantities of lithium batteries and flammable, hazardous materials on […]

WCS Preview: The value of air cargo

As we put a challenging 2015 behind us and look forward to 2016, work here in IATA naturally focuses on preparations for the 10th World Cargo Symposium (WCS). The theme we have chosen for this year’s event in Berlin is “the value of air cargo.” This is a wide ranging theme that can be explored […]

UN reignites lithium battery debate

A few months after the International Civilian Aviation Organization (ICAO) gave conflicting recommendations about a proposed industry-wide ban on the transport of lithium batteries as cargo on passenger flights, the debated has roared back to life after a United Nations panel recommended the same kind of ban on shipments of the rechargeable batteries, the AP […]

Hoverboards banned on multiple carriers due to fire risk

One of the hottest gifts for this holiday season may be hotter than many consumers expect. Delta Air Lines, United Continental Holdings, American Airlines, British Airways and charter carrier Rectrix Aviation have banned the carriage of popular “hoverboard”motorized skateboard-like scooters after numerous reports that the lithium-ion batteries that power the toys are causing fires. A […]

To the rescue: Can lithium batteries be made safe for flight?

On Sept. 3, 2010, a UPS 747-400 cargo aircraft took off from Dubai, headed to the UPS hub in Cologne-Bonn. It crashed shortly after taking off, killing the two crew members on board. Three years later, the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) concluded that the cause of the crash, a fire on board […]

ICAO panel rejects lithium battery ban

The International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) panel on dangerous goods, which met in Montreal last week, rejected a ban on rechargeable lithium batteries from being carried in the belly holds of passenger aircraft. The Associated Press reported the panel vote was 11-7. The panel’s decision is a recommendation to ICAO’s air navigation bureau, which will […]

Lithium battery forces early landing for Alaska flight

Just days after the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) issued a strong warning about the risk of unstoppable fires from lithium battery shipments, an Alaska Airlines passenger flight from Newark to Seattle made an emergency landing in Buffalo after a credit card reader, used as the point-of-sale for onboard purchases of food and beverages, began […]

Forwarder’s Forum: Tough lessons from the regulatory trenches

Forwarders are some of the toughest business people you will ever meet. They compete in a global marketplace of more than 100,000 competitors, in which the delivery of just one shipment can mean the dif­ference between success and failure. Customers demand re­lentlessly reliable service, often at a low price, rendering mistakes costly and the need […]

An answer for lithium battery fires?

AmSafe Bridport, a U.K.-based business that develops engineered textiles designed for safety in the aerospace industry, conducted a full-scale test with a certified fire containment cover system on a lithium-ion battery fire. The test, using lithium batteries covered by the fire containment cover, took more than six hours, with the fire being successfully suppressed. The […]

Boeing issues lithium-ion battery warning

As the debate continues regarding the safety of carrying large shipments of lithium-ion batteries, Boeing issued a warning last week to its customers that flying bulk shipments of the batteries can cause fires capable of destroying large aircraft. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that, from tests the agency has conducted, “the transport of […]

New dangerous goods inspection counter at HKIA

In order to clear up any confusion about what can be shipped on various airlines, the Asia Airfreight Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport has established a dedicated dangerous goods/lithium battery screening counter to facilitate the checking of cargo. The counter is located on the second floor of Terminal 2, with dedicated parking for trucks, […]

Lithium battery packaging to be explored by group

The hazardous cargo committee of the International Civil Aviation Organization, an agency of the United Nations, heard a detailed presentation last week in Montreal about the dangers presented by shipping lithium ion batteries on freighters or in the bellies of passenger aircraft. Aircraft manufacturers and members of pilot’s unions, presented findings by the U.S. Federal […]

Cargolux joins other carriers in lithium battery ban

All-cargo airline Cargolux has decided to temporarily impose a ban on the transport of lithium-ion battery bulk shipments beginning May 1. The decision came after the carrier reviewed new information released by the FAA, Boeing and International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) regarding the effectiveness of on-board fire extinguishing systems. The FAA tests showed that an […]
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