The green blogger is back although still shaken from the aftermath of hurricane “office work”. Before beginning to scan the world wide green news, this tidbit of information from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) caught the attention of the blog, which might make someone think twice about people carrying their laptops or cameras on the plane.
From January 2007 to September 25, 2008, twenty-one battery incidents around the world – most of them involving lithium – were listed by the FAA . 96 air incidents involving batteries were recorded since March 20, 1991.
Here’s one example that happened on August 8, 2008:
While in flight, a passenger on American Airlines flight 1539 from Washington National to Dallas Ft Worth, noticed his Dell laptop was smoking. The passenger removed the battery pack and gave it to a flight attendant. The flight attendant placed the battery in a coffee pot in the aft gallery and poured water and Sprite on it. Dell has been advised of the incident.
Beginning January 1 this year, the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) actually issued a safety regulation that limits the size and number of carry-on and checked in spare lithium batteries.
You can’t check-in batteries that are not installed in electronic devices. Carry-on or checked in gadgets with batteries that have more than 25 grams (~300 watt hours) of lithium ion content are also not allowed. And passengers are limited to just two large spare rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in carry-on baggage.
So, in addition to checking the amount of shampoo and conditioner you carry in your air travels, you might want to check the content of lithium ion in your electronic gadgets as well.