Don't Pack Lithium Batteries In Your Bags, FAA Warns

Ben Popken
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You may have to brush faster or take fewer pictures on your trips after the latest FAA warning.

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Spare lithium batteries, used in everything from laptops, to digital cameras, to electric toothbrushes, "present a risk of both igniting and fueling fires in aircraft cargo/baggage compartments," the agency said in a safety warning. Now the FAA wants airlines to prohibit the batteries from checked bags and remind passengers at check-in and ticket purchase not to pack them.

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Airplane manufacturers and the safety agency have previously warned about the risk of shipping lithium batteries in bulk on planes. Concerns about the batteries first started circulating after a fire in Boston onboard a Boeing 787 in Boston ignited in January 2013.