Airliners Battery Fires

Rechargeable battery shipments to be barred from airliners

FILE - This file frame grab from video, provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shows a test at the FAAs technical center in Atlantic City, N.J., in April 2014, where a cargo container was packed with 5,000 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. A U.N. aviation agency has voted to ban cargo shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries on passenger planes because they can create intense fires capable of destroying the aircraft. The Feb. 22, 2016, decision by International Civil Aviation Organization's top-level governing council isn't binding, but most countries follow the agency's standards. The ban goes into effect on April 1.(AP Photo/FAA, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargo shipments of the rechargeable lithium batteries used in countless consumer products should no longer be allowed on passenger planes because they can create intense fires capable of destroying an aircraft, a U.N. aviation agency has concluded.

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