The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has placed a temporary ban on the shipment of all lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft.
In a statement released on Monday (February 22), ICAO said the changes will take effect from April 1 and excludes batteries contained in personal electronic devices carried by passengers or crew.
Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO council president, said the embargo will be in place while “separate work continues” on new lithium battery packaging standards expected to be in place by 2018.
The move follows wider calls to ban shipments, with many airlines already imposing their own prohibition of lithium batteries as cargo.
Earlier this month, the FAA also issued a safety alert urging airlines to carry out assessments to manage the dangers associated with transporting lithium-ion batteries as cargo.