British Airlines and Delta ban ‘hoverboards’ due to safety concerns
Two airlines -- British Airways and Delta -- have banned skateboard-like ‘hoverboard’ self-balancing scooters on their flights because of recent reports about hoverboard battery fires and explosions across the US.
Hoverboards, which are one of the popular gifts this holiday season, are self-balancing scooters which move when a rider leans one way of the other. Priced at around $200, hoverboards depend on rechargeable lithium batteries, which have raised safety concerns for airlines in the past as well. Since lithium-ion batteries are known to overheat in some electronics, experts have warned that circuits inside a cheaply-made hoverboard can potentially trigger a fire.
The move by British Airways and Delta to restrict hoverboards from their flights come at a time when safety concerns related to hoverboards are being investigated by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The investigations have been initiated by the CPSC after reports of at least 10 hoverboard fires -- some of them during the charging of the devices -- in five US states.
Revealing that, in August, the CPSC started receiving reports of injuries due to falls from hoverboards and soon reports of fires also began to emerge, CPSC spokeswoman Patty Davis said, in reference to the investigation being conducted by the agency: “We want to get to the bottom of what’s going on with these products.”
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