Why are we currently hearing so much lately about lithium battery fires on aircraft today when it has been a known problem for years. (Source)
The explanation about the situation provided by the FAA predictably provides more questions than answers and if it weren’t in black and white and I could hear a projector running I would have thought I was back in the Army in basic training.
For instance are they more dangerous when carried in the cargo of a plane or in the passenger’s carry-on compartment? (Source)
Worldwide ban on laptops & tablets in airline hand baggage now being ‘intensely’ discussed (Source)
It’s been more than two months since the U.S. government banned tablets and laptops from cabin baggage on flights from 10 airports, and there has been much talk since of extending the ban.
An iPad bomb plot was said to have been one factor behind the original ban.
The Trump administration last month considered extending the ban to all flights from Europe, with the plan said to be ‘under active consideration‘ before it was reportedly rejected.
Now, however, it appears that an even more widespread ban is on the table …
Follow the money on this one.
If Business Travelers are told they can’t take their computers and iPhones and iPads with them, they just won’t fly.
Back again with come, “Gotomeeting.com.”
As of February 2016, the UN banned the commercial shipment of lithium ion batteries.
New Lithium Battery Rules for U.S. Airplanes (Source) New as in 2008 as in WTF?
Rules now during 2017. (Source)
Since passengers have flown since 2005 when all of this seems to have originally been known, were we unwilling participants in a Roman candle experiment or is all of this just more fake news?
May 31 2017 11:39AM EDT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A JetBlue flight from New York to San Francisco landed in Michigan after a lithium battery in a passenger’s laptop apparently exploded and started a fire.
No injuries were reported and the plane landed safely about 8:10 p.m. Tuesday at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.
JetBlue said that flight 915 from John F. Kennedy Airport was diverted “following reports of smoke emitting from a carry-on bag holding an electronic device.”
Passenger Kat Honniball said, “”I was stunned.
I knew something was going to happen because you know, lithium batteries catching on fire when you’re up at 38,000 feet, you can’t help but think you gotta do something, so I was prepared for it.”
He added people aboard were “absolutely calm” as flight attendants responded.
Firefighters responded at the airport as a precaution, but the airport says the fire was out by the time the plane landed. Airport spokeswoman Tara Hernandez says the plane took off about 8:50 p.m. and continued the flight to San Francisco.