Batteries Can Pose Fire Risk to Planes

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.

Federal officials expect to launch a public education campaign about battery safety on aircraft. Tips for safe handling:

*Keep batteries in original packaging, if possible.

*Protect batteries against impact.

*Put batteries in plastic bags or cover their contacts with electrical tape.

*Never place non-rechargeable lithium batteries in checked bags.

*Never carry onto an aircraft cracked or damaged batteries, a battery that has been recalled for safety problems, or batteries that do not meet standards set by a group such as Underwriters Laboratories.

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