Lithium Batteries In Flight: Risks And Regulations

Law360, New York (December 20, 2016, 5:09 PM EST) -- Jonathan Todd

David Krueger Air transportation of lithium ion batteries recently garnered significant attention due to events following reports of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s batteries overheating, catching fire and even exploding.[1]

Samsung responded by recalling the Galaxy Note 7 and ceasing production, which subsequently led the Federal Aviation Administration to issue a Safety Alert For Operators (SAFO) prohibiting air transportation of recalled lithium batteries and lithium battery powered and limiting its carriage by air crew and passengers.[2]

On Oct. 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation, with the FAA and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), announced a...

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