(WASHINGTON) — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a safety alert to carriers regarding lithium ion batteries in carry-on and checked bags.
According to the FAA’s safety alert, “lithium batteries present a risk of both igniting and fueling fires in aircraft cargo/baggage compartments.”
The FAA recommends protecting each individual battery to prevent short circuits. It also advises that the batteries must not come in contact with metal objects like keys, jewelry and coins.
As many portable electronic devices contain lithium batteries, the FAA safety alert refers to those batteries that are not installed in a portable electronic device.
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