Other ongoing efforts to enhance fire safety include the following:
- Enhanced training for fire-related emergencies, as well as enhanced customer and employee training on hazardous material shipping.
- FAA certification for an in-container fire suppression system.
- Advocating for harmonization of domestic and international shipping regulations.
- Research and testing of fire-resistant collapsible containers.
The proposed changes will ensure that lithium batteries are designed to withstand normal transportation conditions and packaged to reduce damage.
Fires are rare, but one of the most feared events a crew can face.
While the DOT has no immediate plans to ban the batteries from carry-on luggage, the risks of batteries in airplane cabins are being studied.