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Laptop Ban Spurs Fire Warning on Batteries in Jet Cargo Holds

The U.S. order prohibiting passengers from carrying laptop computers and other electronics into the cabins of some overseas flights is raising concerns about a risk unrelated to terror: the potential for those devices’ lithium-based batteries to catch fire in the …

U.S. Push to Avert Plane Battery Fires Stalls Under New Administration

A year ago, the U.S. government was campaigning for an international ban on shipments of rechargeable batteries on passenger planes because the batteries can self-ignite, creating intense fires capable of destroying an airliner. “The risk is immediate and urgent,” Angela …

Samsung Sends Fire-Proof Boxes for Galaxy Note 7 Returns

Samsung Electronics said Wednesday it is sending fire-resistant packages to its customers in the U.S. as a precaution against possible fires or explosions from Galaxy Note 7s they return to retailers. Samsung is offering prepaid shipping boxes as an option …

Passenger Airliners to Ban Rechargeable Battery Shipments

Cargo shipments of the rechargeable lithium batteries used in countless consumer products should no longer be allowed on passenger planes because they can create intense fires capable of destroying an aircraft, a U.N. aviation agency has concluded. The decision late …

Ban on Air Shipments of Lithium Batteries Proposed by UN Panel

A U.N. panel recommended Wednesday that cargo shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries be banned from passenger airliners because the batteries can create fires capable of destroying planes, said aviation officials familiar with the decision. The International Civilian Aviation Organization’s air …

Battery Showdown Pits Boeing Against IPhone Over Plane Safety

The smoke alarm first sounded as the United Parcel Service Inc. jumbo jet neared cruising altitude over the Persian Gulf. Within 2 1/2 minutes, a blaze in the cargo hold grew so hot it distorted steel flight controls, making the …

UN Panel Rejects Rechargable Battery Ban on Air Shipments Despite Fire Risk

A U.N. aviation panel has rejected a ban on rechargeable battery shipments on passenger airliners despite evidence they can cause explosions and unstoppable, in-flight fires, aviation officials told The Associated Press. The International Civil Aviation Organization panel on dangerous goods …

FAA to Back Ban on Lithium Batteries on Passenger Plane Shipments

The risk of unstoppable fires is prompting U.S. officials to back a proposed international ban on rechargeable lithium battery shipments as cargo on passenger airlines. “We believe the risk is immediate and urgent,” Angela Stubblefield, a Federal Aviation Administration hazardous …

Future Lithium Battery Safety Could Hinge on Additional Chemical Components

In a study that could improve the safety of next-generation batteries, researchers discovered that adding two chemicals to the electrolyte of a lithium metal battery prevents the formation of dendrites – “fingers” of lithium that pierce the barrier between the …

Aircraft Makers Push Ban on Lithium Battery Shipments

Aircraft makers are urging a ban on bulk lithium battery shipments on passenger planes, calling the threat of fires “an unacceptable risk,” according to an industry position paper obtained by The Associated Press. The International Coordination Council of Aerospace Industry …