Are Lithium Batteries Safe While Flying? We Don’t Think So!

While we’re all aware of the risks of flying with your cell phone switched on, traveling with lithium batteries increases the element of risk all the more and here’s why –
Various tests and studies have suggested lithium batteries emit explosive gases when they overheat. Chances of these gases igniting are also pretty high and this could well lead to a fire leading to serious damage and a potential plane crash.

Lithium rechargeable batteries find their way into a wide range of modern electronic products right from mobile phones to portable music players, etc.

 

Although cell phones are fine to an extent shipment of boxes of lithium batteries which are large in number are a cause for concern and it’s no surprise Aircraft manufacturers are calling for a ban on bulk lithium battery shipments on passenger planes, citing “an unacceptable risk.”

 

Qantas Airlines have been the latest to airline to ban lithium ion battery shipments unless in case of an emergency!

 

Qantas with Q-Link” by Hithere442 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

 

We’ll keep an eye out for further developments. In the meantime, feel free to let you know your thoughts on such a move in the comments below.