U.N. Aviation Agency Prohibits Shipment of Lithium-ion Batteries on Passenger Aircrafts
On Monday, citing concerns of fire hazards that lithium ion batteries pose, the UN's aviation agency prohibited shipments of those on passenger aircrafts.
The thirty six state governing council of International Civil Aviation Organization or ICAO said the prohibition will come into effect from April 1, 2016. The same will be maintained till a safer packaging standard is designed for transporting the batteries.
In a statement, Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO council president said "This interim prohibition will continue to be in force as separate work continues through ICAO on a new lithium battery packaging performance standard, currently expected by 2018." He also said that new packaging standard is expected to come in by 2018.
The ban on the lithium ion batteries would be mandatory for the ICAO member states.
The prohibition in shipments of the lithium-ion batteries come on increased concerns by pilots and plane manufacturers that they pose fire risks. Lithium metal batteries used in watches already face a ban on passenger planes all over the world. The lithium metal batteries cannot be recharged where as the lithium-ion batteries are rechargeable and are used in devices like lap- tops and cell phones.