US announces ban on transporting lithium ion batteries as cargo on passenger flights theverge.com/2019/2/27/1824….
The U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration is banning lithium ion batteries as cargo on passenger plans and is also requiring batteries to have less than a 30 percent charge if packed aboard a cargo-only flight.
Companies also cannot ship batteries with more than 30 percent charge aboard cargo-only aircrafts.
This doesn’t affect most consumers outright — you can still bring your spare batteries and gadgets aboard in a carry-on bag. But people who buy batteries online might be affected. Phones, external batteries, and electronic devices in general will no longer arrive with a full charge, so as to avoid the risk of fire or explosion that could damage aircraft while in flight.
In 2017, the FAA urged the global airline community to reconsider allowing batteries on flights because of the fire risk. The FAA conducted 10 tests in which it packed a fully-charged laptop into a suitcase and tested various scenarios in which the battery could catch fire. One example was an aerosol can of dry shampoo being strapped to the laptop. A fire immediately started, and the can exploded within 40 seconds. — Ashley Carman/@verge