battery © Janaka Dharmasena
© Janaka Dharmasena

The air cargo lithium battery debate rumbles on: to fly them on passenger aircraft or not? The latest round has been fired by manufacturers, including the noisy PRBA, which unsurprisingly wants the current status quo to be maintained. In a letter to two chairmen at the House of Representatives, they argue that shippers would otherwise be confused. It also notes – backing IATA’s argument – that there should be tough enforcement of the rules on handling and shipping of lithium batteries. It uses the crowd-pleasing argument that ‘vitally important’ medical devices could be affected. Whether the FAA, which is known to be supportive of a ban on shipments in passenger aircraft, will be convinced remains to be seen.

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