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Qantas, Jetstar ban lithium ion battery shipments as cargo
19 March 2015
Lithium battery fire on a laptop (CAA)

Lithium battery fire on a laptop (CAA)

According to Australian news reports, lithium ion batteries will no longer be able to be sent as cargo on board Qantas and Jetstar aircraft.

The Australian reports that the ban applies to batteries packed on their own, rather than those packed with electronic equipment. Passengers are still able to carry lithium ion batteries, both inside electronic devices like tablets and laptops as well as spare batteries, on board as carry-on luggage.

The move comes after the Qantas Group conducted a new safety assessment. There is industry wide concern on  lithium ion batteries since overheating of these batteries could result in a massive fire. On September 3, 2010 a Boeing 747-400F operated by UPS crashed near Dubai as a result of such a fire.

The ban will in effect on April 1, 2015 and applies to both passenger as well as cargo flights of Qantas and Jetstar.