FAA Urged Airlines to “Reevaluate” Risks of Shipping Bulk Lithium ion Batteries
In the wake of new warnings, Federal Aviation Administration urged commercial airlines to "reevaluate" risk of shipping lithium ion batteries through cargo shipments in by air.
Most of the bigger airlines are already taking action in this regard. Many of them have banned passengers from carrying lithium batteries inside their luggage following warnings from the federal regulators. However, the FAA once again said on Tuesday that the U.S. airlines must reassess if they can handle bulk cargo shipments of lithium batteries safely.
The FAA said, "FAA battery fire testing has highlighted the potential risk of a catastrophic aircraft loss due to damage resulting from a lithium battery fire or explosion."
The National Transportation Safety Board advocates that shipments of battery should be kept separated from any other flammable material while being transported through the cargo planes. The agency also says there should be limits related to the number of these devices that can be transported.
The Federal Aviation Administration sent a notice to airlines advising them to examine the risks of fire and explosion for lithium shipments which have been connected to three accidents, out of which two proved to be fatal.
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