U.S. slows rules process for bat­ter­ies car­ried on planes

Fear of fires oc­cur­ring from recharge­able ones re­mains a big con­cern.

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - Bat­ter­ies

A year ago, the U.S. gov­ern­ment was cam­paign­ing for an international ban on ship­ments of recharge­able bat­ter­ies on pas­sen­ger planes be­cause the bat­ter­ies can self-ig­nite, cre­at­ing fires ca­pa­ble of de­stroy­ing an air­liner.

“The risk is im­me­di­ate and ur­gent,” An­gela Stub­ble­field, a U.S. avi­a­tion of­fi­cial, de­clared then.

To­day, that ur­gency has evap­o­rated as safety reg­u­la­tions stall un­der Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s push to ease what he sees as red tape hold­ing back the econ­omy.

The International Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion, a U.N. agency that sets global avi­a­tion safety stan­dards, de­cided last year to

JOSEPH KACZ­MAREK / AP 2006

Fire­fight­ers bat­tle a blaze on­board a UPS cargo plane in Philadel­phia in 2006. Avi­a­tion of­fi­cials say recharge­able bat­ter­ies car­ried as cargo can ex­plode or cause fires in flight.

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