ACSF Member Alert: Lithium Battery Runaway Industry Best Practice
I wanted to share the below Industry “best practice” regarding Lithium battery runaway. I hope all Part-91 flight departments and Part-135 charter operators have implemented a policy on keeping Lithium batteries out of unreachable places.
Whether you’re visiting friends and family this summer or jetting off on a much needed vacation, you’re probably planning to pack a few items that contain batteries. Cameras, laptops, battery-powered toys, outdoor gear, e-cigarettes, motorized scooters (and more!) are all products that may include lithium batteries, which can cause a fire hazard if not safely packed for air travel.
Before you start packing your bags, take a moment to check the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Pack Safe chart to learn more about what can go in your checked and carry-on bags. Here’s what you need to know to help keep you and your fellow passengers safe:
- There are several types of batteries out there. Do you know what type of batteries you’re putting into your bags?
- Batteries are classified as hazardous materials/dangerous goods.
- Spare (uninstalled) lithium ion and lithium metal batteries must be packed in your carry-on bag only. This includes spare metal and rechargeable lithium batteries.
- When you check a carry-on bag at the gate or planeside, all spare lithium batteries must be removed from the bag and kept with you in the aircraft cabin.
- When you pack batteries, protect them from damage and short circuit by keeping them in original packaging or taping terminals to prevent contact. Avoid packing them with anything potentially explosive such as aerosols and nail polish.
- When in doubt, leave it out!
For additional information, please visit the Pack Safe web page to learn more about safe packing.