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FAA Issues Critical SAFO on Lithium Batteries in Carry-on and Checked Luggage

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UPDATE: The FAA has issued an ammendment widening the scope of this to SAFO, as follows:

The purpose paragraph of SAFO 15010 was amended to include “and part 129 foreign air carriers.”

The FAA has published a SAFO (Safety Alert for Operations) 15010, updating policy on carriage of spare Lithium batteries in passenger carry-on and checked luggage, including carry-on baggage checked at the gate or from on-board an aircraft, which will affect how we carry spare Lithium batteries NOT USED EXPRESSLY for Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs), medical electronic devices, and mobility aids.

Kickstarters: Stop Putting Lithium-Ion Batteries In Novelty Luggage, Pretty Please

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For the love of all things holy! Someone had better explain to gadgety luggage innovators that building lithium-ion batteries into their luggage is not a good idea–no matter their best intentions to come to the rescue of the power-hungry connected passenger.

Wait. That someone is probably me.

NTSB Issues Wake-Up Call on Lithium-Ion Battery Testing. Will the Industry Press the Snooze Button?

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This March, I posted an update on the FAA’s all-clear for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner after its issues with lithium-ion batteries. In that post, I pointed out that Boeing seems to have done some clever manoeuvring to get the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to declare that they (the FAA) were responsible for inadequate oversight.… 

FAA to Slap HazMat Fine on Amazon

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FAA Proposes $78,000 Civil Penalty Against Amazon Fulfillment Services The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accuses Amazon Fulfillment Services of North Las Vegas, NV., of violating USDOT Hazmat Regulations during a recent shipment of paint sent to one of their customers. If the proposed fine goes through, a… 

Profits Ain’t Peanuts (Part 4.2: Nutty Seating, the second helping)

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Are you sitting comfortably?   Yesterday’s post covered some important facts which govern the certification of aircraft seating.  If you’re interested in learning more about those technical details and the processes required to manufacture aircraft seats, and you have a little time to spare, I have a few videos for… 

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