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.
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.
Although the risk is small, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has documented 339 cases of lithium and lithium-ion batteries for portable electronics overheating, emitting smoke and fumes or...
Several incidents have occurred in recent years in which lithium batteries have caught fire aboard airplanes.