ICAO Prohibits Lithium Batteries As Cargo On Passenger Aircraft



The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), has agreed to prohibit shipments of lithium-ion batteries on passenger aircraft, citing concerns that they are a fire hazard.


ICAO’s 36-state governing council said the prohibition would be in effect as of April 1, 2016 and would be maintained until a new safer packaging standard is designed to transport the batteries.


“This interim prohibition will continue to be in force as separate work continues through ICAO on a new lithium battery packaging performance standard, currently expected by 2018,” ICAO council president Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said in a statement published by Reuters yesterday.


By: Sade Williams

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