Delta Air Lines has decided to ban hoverboards in both checked baggage and carry-on bags due to safety concerns.
According to Delta Air Lines, the issue is not the hoverboard itself, but what’s inside it, specifically, the battery. These self-balancing personal transportation toys use a lithium or lithium-ion battery as a power source and the said batteries tend be poorly labeled. In fact, the company says that when it reviewed hoverboard product specifications, it found that some manufacturers did not consistently provide information when it comes to the size or power of their lithium-ion or lithium batteries. In addition, an investigation also found that some of these batteries actually have more than 160 watt hours in them. This amount of watt hours is the limit allowed by the government aboard an aircraft.
Delta Air Lines says that their investigation also found that while it does not happen all the time, these lithium and lithium-ion batteries can overheat and become a fire risk. Recently, there have been reports of hoverboards spontaneously catching fire in New York and Louisiana. This also prompted the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to launch an investigation regarding hoverboard safety, according to Gizmodo.
According to Delta Air Lines, the ban on hoverboards is effective immediately. Aside from hoverboards, Delta also does not allow personal oxygen canisters, explosives and fireworks. Meanwhile, there ore other restricted items that the airline may allow aboard if passengers follow Delta’s stated guidelines.