U.S. slows rules process for batteries carried on planes
Fear of fires occurring from rechargeable ones remains a big concern.
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
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.