Laptops May Be Banned On Airplanes
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is mulling a ban on laptops from checked baggage on passenger planes owing to a risk of fire mentioned in the proposal by global air safety panel.
The ICAO, a Canada headquartered UN organisation will decide on the move in its upcoming meeting this month. It would however be up to the regulators in individual nations to enforce this rule even if it receives a nod from ICAO.
As per the panel's proposal, an overheated laptop battery may cause a considerable blaze in the cargo hold which the fire extinguishing equipment aboard the plane would not be able to extinguish which could result in loss of the aircraft.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is yet to comment on the proposal. There have also been studies conducted on fire risks on airplanes by lithium batteries years ago. In the year 2015 US airlines placed a ban on hoverboards in their planes owing to concerns regarding the fire risk by their lithium batteries.
The fear of terrorists trying to hide explosives in laptops compelled the US Department of Homeland Security to put a ban on laptops in airplanes departing from certain international airports earlier this year. These rules however have been lifted from most of the airports in the US due to new screening techniques.