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There has been speculation recently about a tightening of the rules regarding the transportation of lithium batteries by air. This article gives a good basic overview of the situation – including the news that ICAO is considering strengthening packaging, labelling and handling standards for lithium-ion battery shipments. Understandably, airline pilot unions are pushing for limits on the number of batteries that can be transported, but no changes are expected until 2017. From January 2015, lithium metal batteries can no longer be shipped on passenger aircraft.

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