MONTREAL Feb 26 Spare lithium-ion batteries
will no longer be allowed in checked baggage on airlines as of
April 1, the U.N.'s aviation agency said on Friday, following
concerns by pilots and plane makers that they are a fire risk.
The batteries, which are rechargeable and used in cell
phones or laptops, can only be packed in carry-on baggage or
carried by the passenger, the International Civil Aviation
Organization said in a statement. Lithium ion batteries are
allowed in personal electronic devices, whether in passengers'
carry-ons or checked baggage.
On Monday, ICAO prohibited shipments of lithium-ion
batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, citing safety
Lithium metal batteries, which are used in watches and are
not rechargeable, have already been banned on passenger planes
ICAO's 36-state governing council said the prohibition would
be in effect April 1 and would be maintained until a new
fire-resistant packaging standard is designed to transport the
batteries. Lithium-ion batteries can still be transported on
The new packaging standard is expected by 2018, ICAO Council
President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said earlier this week in a
The ban would be mandatory for ICAO member states.
Pilots and aircraft manufacturers are concerned that
existing standards are not strong enough to contain lithium
(Reporting By Allison Lampert; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)