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Soon, you may not be allowed to carry laptops in check-in luggage

Large personal electric devices (PED) like laptops might be banned inside check-in luggage to avoid any fire incident in the cargo of planes, report claimed.

Amidst cases of smartphones catching fire on-board flight, global aviation agencies are also contemplating banning big PEDs like laptops from check-in bags.

Internation Aviation agencies have started to consider banning big PED's, as, India might also follow the suite.

Laptops may soon be banned from check-in baggage of flights in India, reports state. As in the luggage cabin, everything goes un-noticed and it becomes hard to let off the fire, which may cause catastrophic damage to the flight.

This new law is being taken into the consideration, where, a few days before a Samsung Galaxy J7 smartphone caught on fire, and the cabin crew took the precautionary measures to let off the fire by placing the phone in a bowl of water (fire extinguisher didnt work at all).

The International Civil Aviation Organisation is at present working on a paper, examining the hazards posed by PEDs carried by passengers and crew. Noteworthy that, several PEDs like power banks and electric cigarettes are already banned in check-in bags in India. The American Federal Aviation Administration submitted the test results in this paper and arrived at a conclusion that Portable Electronic Devices kept in cargo hold could lead to loss of aircraft.

For the report, the FAA conducted a series of tests packing a fully charged laptop computer in a suitcase under different scenarios - varying the type of suitcase used and the contents of the luggage.

The FAA filed a paper with the United Nations agency on tests showing that when a laptop's rechargeable lithium-ion battery overheats in close proximity to an aerosol spray can, it can cause an explosion capable of disabling an airliner's fire suppression system, the report said. "(In some cases) the fire suppression system of the aircraft is then compromised, which could lead to the loss of the aircraft".



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