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Lithium-ion batteries banned as cargo on passenger flights

25.02.2016

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) prohibited shipments of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, following concerns by pilots and plane makers that they are a fire risk, Reuters reported.

Lithium-ion batteries, which are used in cell phones and laptops, can be recharged.
The prohibition would be in effect as of April 1 and would be maintained until a new fire-resistant packaging standard is designed to transport the batteries. This packaging standard is expected by 2018.

The ban would be mandatory for ICAO member states, including Bulgaria.

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