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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.… 

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