Laptops in checked bags pose fire, explosion risk

Laptops in checked bags pose fire, explosion risk

Laptops in checked bags pose fire, explosion risk

The U.S.is asking the world's airlines to institute a ban on personal electronics in checked luggage, citing a fire risk, according to a report published Thursday.

However, the recommendation by the U.N. body does not carry the force of law, and must be ratified by legislative bodies of member nations.

The fear is that a fire in the hold could have catastrophic consequences, including the potential loss of an aircraft.

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A USA regulatory agency is pushing for the United Nations to implement a ban on laptops in checked bags during worldwide flights, one day after Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said "the intelligence is clear" that terrorists groups "want to have a big explosion like they did on 9/11".

There have been studies on the risk of fires on planes posed by lithium batteries going back years.

Because of an alleged security risk, the United States banned laptops in the cabin of planes for passengers traveling to the USA from select airports in the Middle East and on select Middle Eastern airlines.

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The Department of Homeland Security announced a new policy earlier this year that prohibited passengers from carrying large electronics aboard flights coming into the US from certain countries in the Middle East, which led to people checking their computers instead, prompting the latest concerns.

However, those rules banning laptops from cabins have been removed for most of those airports due to new screening procedures.

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