07 Nov These Explosions Show Why the FAA Doesn’t Want Laptops in Luggage
In an about-face on the June ban of electronics in the cabin, the Federal Aviation Agency is now considering a ban on large electronics in checked luggage instead. After running some experiments with heated lithium-ion batteries next to standard flammable toiletries, the FAA warned the resulting fires and explosions were cause for concern.
If one in a large number of in-flight-entertainment tablets catches fire, the bang is even more dramatic and potentially deadly. The FAA made the recommendation at an International Civil Aviation Organization meeting in late October. If ICAO decides to adopt the ban, it will likely be announced in January 2018 to be implemented a year later.