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.