EASA Recommendations for The Transport of Damaged Lithium Batteries

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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued on 26 September 2016 a set of recommendations for the safe transport of Galaxy Note 7 devices, which are subject of recall by their manufacturer.

In a so-called Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) sent to all airlines today, EASA recommends the following:

  • A recalled device may not be carried by passengers or crew. If the recalled device/battery is nevertheless carried on board, it must be turned off, not charged while on board and not put inside the checked baggage;
  • When a device is damaged, hot, produces smoke, is lost, or falls into the seat structure, passengers must immediately inform the cabin crew;
  • Damaged, recalled or potentially hazardous lithium batteries, including those contained in equipment and/or shipped with equipment, are forbidden to be transported by aircraft as cargo.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 with a green battery icon on the status bar can be used on board as any other smartphone. Other Note7 devices must be powered off and not charged for the duration of the flight.


Source: EASA Press Release