Delta Bans Hoverboards, Citing In-Flight Fire Hazard
Get a new Hoverboard for Hanukah? If so, be prepared to leave it behind if flying on Delta Air Lines. The Atlanta-based carrier said it has banned the popular personal transportation boards for safety reasons but it’s not the reason you might think.
The airline is banning all lithium battery-powered self-balancing personal transportation devices both in carry-on and checked baggage starting December 11, citing “poorly labeled, powerful lithium batteries” which pose a threat to in-flight safety.
Delta said it reviewed the specifications of multiple hoverboards and found that the manufacturers do not “consistently” label information about the size or power of the batteries and that some devices contain batteries that exceed the government mandated 160-watt hour limit allowed on aircraft.
Such batteries can spontaneously overheat and cause a fire, the airline said.
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