FAA Warning Flyers Not to Pack Lithium Batteries in Checked Bags

By Paul Riegler on 15 October 2015
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A passenger checking in for a flight at JFK

A passenger checking in for a flight at JFK

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued a safety warning about spare lithium batteries and wants airlines to prohibit passengers from leaving them in checked luggage.

The batteries “present a risk of both igniting and fueling fires in aircraft cargo/baggage compartments,” the agency said in a statement.

The FAA also wants airlines to prohibit the batteries from checked bags and to remind passengers at the time of ticket purchase and again at check-in time not to pack them.

Passengers who need extra lithium batteries may however bring them in their carry-on bags.

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