Cathay freighters to carry lithium batteries again

Standalone lithium-ion batteries can once again be carried by Cathay Pacific Cargo on its freighter aircraft, after the carrier developed and introduced a fire-containment bag. Shipments of standalone lithium-ion batteries are a significant driver of freighter traffic, especially given the growth of e-commerce and personal electronic devices. Under a provision adopted by the ICAO Council […]

Has ICAO banned the wrong batteries?

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), agreed yesterday to temporarily ban the shipment of lithium-ion batteries on passenger aircraft. The ban will go into effect 1 April 2016 and, according to ICAO Council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, “will continue to be in force as separate work continues through ICAO on a new lithium battery packaging […]

Battery ban?

At the end of last week, Boeing issued guidance to its customers, warning them not to carry bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries as belly cargo on passenger aircraft. Boeing has not released the text of the message, but according to The Wall Street Journal, the message “explicitly urged passenger carriers world-wide to stop accepting large […]

Scanning for batteries

As the dangers involved in the air transport of lithium batteries have become more obvious, regulations governing their carriage have become more stringent. But how to enforce those regulations? How to prevent undeclared shipment? The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has awarded a contract to US-based Rapiscan Systems to determine the feasibility of automatically detecting batteries […]

Lithium batteries to be banned from passenger aircraft bellies?

The Dangerous Goods Panel of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) last week proposed that the carriage of lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft be prohibited, effective 1 January 2015. Cargo Facts believes the ban will likely be adopted, but it is currently only in the proposal stage. The Dangerous Goods Panel’s parent […]
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