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Lithium ion batteries banned from passenger aircraft

ICAO Prohibits Lithium-Ion Battery Cargo Shipments on Passenger Aircraft

The 36-State ICAO Governing Council adopted a new aviation safety measure today which prohibits, on an interim basis, all shipments of Lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft.
“Safety is always our most fundamental priority in international civil aviation,” stressed Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Council President. “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.”
The Council’s decision will be effective 1 April, 2016. It pertains only to Lithium-ion batteries shipped as cargo on passenger aircraft. It comes subsequent to extensive reviews undertaken by the ICAO Air Navigation Commission, and the UN agency’s Dangerous Goods, Flight Operations, and Airworthiness panels.
Lithium Ion batteries will still be accepted on Cargo Aircraft Only flights, please call one of Evolution Hazpack dangerous goods specialists to discuss any lithium battery shipments you may have, please click here for your local office contact details.

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