The Battery Dilemma
The vigilance by airlines about keeping the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 off planes may seem excessive. Maybe it shouldn't: Lithium-ion batteries have been implicated in two fatal plane crashes since 2010, and the FAA has reported that at least 138 aviation incidents involving smoke or fires from lithium-ion batteries have occurred since 1991.
New regulations for traveling with or shipping lithium-ion batteries have followed. And so has the complexity of complying with the rules. "Over the last couple years, the regulations have been in a constant state of flux. It's hard for [people] to keep up," said Bob Richard, a former U.S. official for hazardous materials safety who is now vice president of regulatory affairs at Labelmaster, a Chicago-based firm that assists companies with hazmat compliance.
Meanwhile, lithium-ion batteries are becoming an increasingly pivotal part of many people's lives – and of the tech industry – as more and more electronic devices hit the market. In the following slides, we've gathered up the key things to know about shipping and packing lithium-ion batteries for air travel.