Lithium-Ion Batteries on a Mother Frakking Plane

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Blues22475

Had lots of Lithium-Ion batteries in one place. True, there is a danger of those batteries short-circuiting and exploding, but what is the likely hood of that happening? In terms of overcharging, each device that has a Lithium-Ion Battery has circuitry to help prevent overcharging and making the battery a bomb.

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bminor13

Reminds me of the xkcd comic (and TSA's response):

http://blog.tsa.gov/2009/10/response-to-bag-check-cartoon.html

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mesiah

I think a lot of people misunderstand this article. American airlines isn't stopping people at the gate and taking the batteries out of their cell phones. What they are preventing is people who try to take large quantities of lithium ion batteries onto a plane, either as a carry on or as checked baggage. Personally I think it is totally reasonable. If the battery in your phone exploded it wouldn't be that big of a deal. But if a box of 50+ batteries caught fire it could pose a real danger to passengers. Things like this should be required to be mailed separately. There are plenty of things that are not allowed to be transported in bulk using commercial transportation. If you have ever seen a lithium-ion battery give up the ghost, you would understand why having a large number of them on a commercial flight should be a nono.

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Keith E. Whisman

Ok, Lets say your on a flight to england on a crowded 747 with 581 passengers and all of them have one cell phone, one personal digital assistant or personal media player like an Ipod, and lets say only half of them have laptops. That's 1,402 Litheum Ion batteries and that's not counting the Lithium Ion battery in their watches.  So 1,402 batteries are a lot of batteries. Granted they aren't all from the same batch and there not all packed together but that is alot of batteries on a plane that have the significant ability to start a very hot fire on a very, very, flammable, aluminum aircraft. 

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Keith E. Whisman

God I don't know what to do... What do we do? I know lets get God, um, I mean President Obama, he can fix anything. Mr President Obama, Mr President Obama, my Lord, please fix the Litheum-Ion batteries so they don't explode or catch fire anymore. Thanks and Amen.

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sammy_sam

LatiosXT but the dude was carrying 58 of them!

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Caboose

I wonder how many of those batteries have come from Sony...

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LatiosXT

Say a business person is traveling within the US and their cellphone battery gets confiscated. Great, now they can't conduct business and the whole trip is ruined.

FAA, ruining one aspect of life at a time.

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Nuxes

I just love how people automatically blame the government for all of the world's problems, even though the article specifically says that it was American Airlines that confiscated the batteries.

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ShadowDragoonFTW

Give it five years, and we'll be lucky if they even allow PEOPLE on airplanes anymore...

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Techrocket9

They'll always let people on planes. It just might have to be in a state of suspended animation.

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Keith E. Whisman

or complete nudity....

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