Treating Electronics As Hazardous Materials?

Law360, New York (February 11, 2010, 2:45 PM EST) -- On Jan. 11, 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a rule that would dramatically alter requirements for shipping lithium metal and lithium ion batteries and cells, such as those used in cell phones, laptops and other common electronic equipment, on both passenger and cargo flights. See 75 Fed. Reg. 1302 (Jan. 11, 2010).

The stated purpose of these new packaging and stowage requirements is to reduce the risk of fire on board flights, but the extent to which safety would be improved is uncertain at...
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