Mo­bile power banks banned from checked bag­gage: air­port po­lice

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY LAURA LIN

Nowa­days, peo­ple bring high­tech prod­ucts ev­ery­where and to en­sure that bat­ter­ies won’t die, they also bring mo­bile power banks with them. But many peo­ple are un­aware that mo­bile power packs and lithium bat­ter­ies are banned from checked bag­gage.

This July, the Tai­wan Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port found 10,500 pieces of lug­gage that con­tained mo­bile power packs or lithium bat­ter­ies, or an av­er­age of 300 per day, ac­cord­ing to the R.O.C. Avi­a­tion Po­lice Bureau (APB, ).

The Civil Aero­nau­tics Ad­min­is­tra­tion (CAA, ) said that check­ing mo­bile power packs would put flight safety at risk. On flights, mo­bile power packs can easily burn or even ex­plode if placed im­prop­erly, be­cause the lithium bat­tery in them is chem­i­cally un­sta­ble, ac­cord­ing to the CAA.

Author­i­ties said that one case hap­pened at Taoyuan air­port this March, in which a mo­bile power pack smol­dered when its owner ac­ci­den­tally dropped it on the floor, caus­ing peo­ple nearby to panic.

As tak­ing “travel self­ies” be­comes a trend, peo­ple are in­creas- in­gly tak­ing selfie sticks abroad. It should be noted that selfie sticks and cam­era tripods should be checked if their re­tracted length ex­ceeds 25 cm, the APB said.

It is also note­wor­thy that some or­di­nary house­hold items such as screw­drivers, fruit knives, nail clip­pers and draft­ing com­passes should be checked, ac­cord­ing to the APB.

Avi­a­tion po­lice said that wind­proof lighters are banned from planes. Lighters that are not wind­proof can be brought on the flight as carry-on, but not as checked lug­gage.

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