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Laptops could soon be banned from check-in luggage in flights

Laptops could soon be banned from check-in luggage in flights

Multiple tests were conducted by the FAA fire safety branch to reach the conclusion.

Very soon passengers might be banned from carrying large personal electronic devices (PED) such as laptops in their check-in luggage. Authorities are mulling over this issue in order to prevent battery fires that could lead to mishaps. International aviation agencies are already considering the matter at a week-long meet in Montreal. Once the findings are made public and any decision is taken, India is very likely to follow suit. Already items such as power banks and e-cigarettes are banned from check-in luggage in India.

More than the devices, the batteries in PEDs are appearing to be more of a concern. On top of that, laptops have larger batteries, which would be packed with flammable items in a suitcase.
 
Stringent as they might appear, these rules could help in preventing situations similar to the recent mid-air scare in the Delhi-Indore flight where a mobile phone exploded and caught fire. The crew was able to douse the fire in time.
 
A report in Times of India mentions that cabin crews are now trained to handle PED fires.
 
The International Civil Aviation Organization's dangerous goods panel meeting in Montreal is examining a paper that mentions that a fire starting from PED kept in cargo could lead to loss of the aircraft. Ten tests were also conducted by the FAA fire safety branch concluded that if a PED is packed in a suitcase with an aerosol can, then there is potential for an explosion.
 
According to reports, in one test, researchers packed a can of dry shampoo with a PED and applied a heater to the contents, which caught fire almost immediately and exploded in just 40 seconds.

The paper mentioned that carrying PEDs in passenger cabin seems like a safer option, as crews across airlines are trained to handle such situations.