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Airline passengers warned over battery dangers

6 August 2011

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has warned passengers to avoid checking some types of electronic devices into an aircraft’s hold.

The organization said that passengers would see additional screening since lithium batteries, used to power items such as laptops, mobile phones, cameras and iPods, have been linked to a rise in dangerous goods incidents onboard airplanes in recent years.

It said that given certain conditions, the new type of battery is more susceptible to starting a fire as the energy contained in them is greater than that found in previous types of rechargeable or dry cell batteries.


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