IATA Gives Advice On Lithium Batteries

IATA has published a guide for the use of lithium batteries (pdf) on aircraft following concerns that they may create a fire risk.

IATA has published a guide for the use of lithium batteries (pdf) on aircraft following concerns that they may create a fire risk.

"Lithium batteries are safe to transport provided that they are designed, tested, manufactured and packaged in accordance with global transport safety standards," said Kevin Hiatt, IATA's SVP for safety and flight operations.

"Whether on passenger or cargo aircraft, operators can now rely on this guide, which will be updated and expanded as needed," said Hiatt.

Earlier this year, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority and the FAA released a series of videos covering lithium battery guidance for crew, cargo and passenger handling staff.

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