Hoverboards have seen a recent uptick in popularity, especially as a holiday gift for the techies in your life. But airline authorities are warning that you should think twice before wrapping one up and packing it onto a flight home this holiday season.
This is because hoverboards are powered by lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries. If metal objects such as keys, coins, tools or other batteries come in contact with both ends of these batteries it can create an electrical current which can cause extreme heat and sparks and even start a fire.
In fact, by the end of June of this year, 158 incidents "involving batteries carried as cargo or baggage" (several of which involved burning and smoke) had been recorded by the Federal Aviation Administration since March 1991.
The FAA only permits spare, uninstalled lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries in carry-on baggage. Lithium-metal batteries are limited to 2 grams of lithium per battery and lithium-ion batteries are limited to a rating of 100 watt hours per battery, a threshold the agency said should allow for nearly all types of electronic devices used by the average person.