LITHIUM BATTERY LIMITS IN CARRY-ON BAGGAGE

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Barber Shop Talk, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. Press release:

    PHMSA 11-07

    Friday, December 28, 2007
    New US DOT Hazmat Safety Rule to Place Lithium Battery Limits in Carry-
    on Baggage on Passenger Aircraft Effective January 1, 2008

    Passengers will no longer be able to pack loose lithium batteries in
    checked luggage beginning January 1, 2008 once new federal safety
    rules take effect. The new regulation, designed to reduce the risk of
    lithium battery fires, will continue to allow lithium batteries in
    checked baggage if they are installed in electronic devices, or in
    carry-on baggage if stored in plastic bags.

    Common consumer electronics such as travel cameras, cell phones, and
    most laptop computers are still allowed in carry-on and checked
    luggage. However, the rule limits individuals to bringing only two
    extended-life spare rechargeable lithium batteries*, such as laptop
    and professional audio/video/camera equipment lithium batteries in
    carry-on baggage.

    "Doing something as simple as keeping a spare battery in its original
    retail packaging or a plastic zip-lock bag will prevent unintentional
    short-circuiting and fires," said Krista Edwards, Deputy Administrator
    of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous
    Materials Safety Administration.

    Lithium batteries are considered hazardous materials because they can
    overheat and ignite in certain conditions. Safety testing conducted by
    the FAA found that current aircraft cargo fire suppression system
    would not be capable of suppressing a fire if a shipment of non-
    rechargeable lithium batteries were ignited in flight.

    "This rule protects the passenger," said Lynne Osmus, Federal Aviation
    Administration (FAA) assistant administrator for security and
    hazardous materials. "It's one more step for safety. It's the right
    thing to do and the right time to do it."

    In addition to the new rule, PHMSA is working with the FAA, the
    National Transportation Safety Board, the Consumer Product Safety
    Commission, the battery and airline industries, airline employee
    organizations, testing laboratories, and the emergency response
    communities to increase public awareness about battery-related risks
    and developments. These useful safety tips are highlighted at the
    public website: http://safetravel.dot.gov.
     
    Barber Shop Talk, Dec 31, 2007
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  2. Barber Shop Talk

    Neil Ellwood Guest

    On Mon, 31 Dec 2007 05:15:45 -0800, Barber Shop Talk wrote:

    > Press release:
    >
    > PHMSA 11-07
    >
    > Friday, December 28, 2007
    > New US DOT Hazmat Safety Rule to Place Lithium Battery Limits in Carry-
    > on Baggage on Passenger Aircraft Effective January 1, 2008

    Please read the group before posting on a subject that has already been
    covered.

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    Neil
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    Neil Ellwood, Dec 31, 2007
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