All major airlines have banned hoverboards following safety concerns on the potential of fire danger from the hot gift items’ lithium-ion batteries.
Passengers now cannot take hoverboards on Delta, American or United flights, and even the smaller airlines. Delta said in a statement that many boards run on powerful lithium-ion batteries above 160 watts, the maximum permitted by law on planes. Not all hoverboards are labeled accurately, so airlines can’t determine whether they can be safely taken aboard.
Alaska Airlines said on its website “As cool as they: are, there’s one big problem: they are not safe to transport on an airplane,”. “Internal short-circuits can occur with lithium ion batteries, which can then lead to a “thermal runaway” where the battery overheats and bursts into flame.”
The move comes as consumer officials investigate a number of reports of blazes ignited by the motorised scooters.
American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines have banned hoverboards in checked or carry-on luggage.
JetBlue Airways has also blacklisted the motorised two-wheelers.
The move comes as the US Consumer Product Safety Commission investigates at least 10 reports of hoverboard fires.
The Federal Aviation Administration has voiced concern to airlines that the batteries could ignite and cause a cargo fire.
Earlier this month Amazon removed Swagway hoverboards, one of the most popular hoverboards on the market from Amazon’s website. The ban came just days after Swagway was identified as one of the brand that caught fire while charging in a Chappaqua, New York home.