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a7i20ci7y
2008.01.02, 12:11 PM
http://www.dot.gov/affairs/faa001.htm

The Department of Transportation has introduced some restrictions on lithium batteries on aircraft. If you use them, you might want to give it a read before you fly out to your next event.

marc
2008.01.02, 06:47 PM
That's because their stupid and don't know what there talking about. Newer batteries are safer to transport. And what about all the electronics that's allowed on board that run on lithiums? Computers, cameras, Ipod's, Iphones, etc'. DOT needs to do more research in lithiums before making it difficult for us. That's all I gotta say.

a7i20ci7y
2008.01.03, 06:53 AM
The problem is, lithium has gotten some bad press lately and people are worried about this. This restriction is more about the public's perception of safety than their actual safety. DOT can say that they're doing something about "the lithium battery problem" even if what they've done doesn't help at all.

Fish
2008.01.03, 09:47 AM
That's because their stupid and don't know what there talking about. Newer batteries are safer to transport. And what about all the electronics that's allowed on board that run on lithiums? Computers, cameras, Ipod's, Iphones, etc'. DOT needs to do more research in lithiums before making it difficult for us. That's all I gotta say.

Did you even read the link? The ban is limited to non-rechargeable lithium batteries in the cargo hold. Not only that, but the notice seems to be targetting commerical shipments of the batteries, and still allows for the shipment of things that come with lithium batteries like laptop packages.

It also explicitly says that devices using lithium batteries are still allowed to be carried aboard.

a7i20ci7y
2008.01.03, 09:57 AM
My bad, I linked a related article, but not the one I intended :rolleyes:


http://www.dpreview.com/news/0712/07123101batteryrestrictions.asp

Press release:

PHMSA 11-07

Friday, December 28, 2007

New US DOT Hazmat Safety Rule to Place Lithium Battery Limits in Carry-on Baggage on Passenger Aircraft Effective January 1, 2008
Passengers will no longer be able to pack loose lithium batteries in checked luggage beginning January 1, 2008 once new federal safety rules take effect. The new regulation, designed to reduce the risk of lithium battery fires, will continue to allow lithium batteries in checked baggage if they are installed in electronic devices, or in carry-on baggage if stored in plastic bags.

Common consumer electronics such as travel cameras, cell phones, and most laptop computers are still allowed in carry-on and checked luggage. However, the rule limits individuals to bringing only two extended-life spare rechargeable lithium batteries*, such as laptop and professional audio/video/camera equipment lithium batteries in carry-on baggage.

"Doing something as simple as keeping a spare battery in its original retail packaging or a plastic zip-lock bag will prevent unintentional short-circuiting and fires," said Krista Edwards, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Lithium batteries are considered hazardous materials because they can overheat and ignite in certain conditions. Safety testing conducted by the FAA found that current aircraft cargo fire suppression system would not be capable of suppressing a fire if a shipment of non-rechargeable lithium batteries were ignited in flight.

"This rule protects the passenger," said Lynne Osmus, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) assistant administrator for security and hazardous materials. "It's one more step for safety. It's the right thing to do and the right time to do it."

In addition to the new rule, PHMSA is working with the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the battery and airline industries, airline employee organizations, testing laboratories, and the emergency response communities to increase public awareness about battery-related risks and developments. These useful safety tips are highlighted at the public website: http://safetravel.dot.gov.

marc
2008.01.03, 10:14 AM
Well, basically the press is stupid and they make things unfair for the rest of us who do know about these products.