U.S. wants worldwide ban on laptops in checked bags claiming they pose explosion and fire risk

Traveling for business could get a bit more complicated as the FAA presses for a worldwide ban on laptops in checked luggage.

Why? Those rechargeable lithium-ion batteries utilized in so many personal electronics have the potential to catch fire or even explode. 

In a paper filed to a U.N. agency, the Federal Aviation Agency found when a laptop battery is packed next to an aerosol spray overheats, that’s a recipe for disaster. 

If an explosion does happen, it could disable the airliner’s fire suppression system, which puts everyone on board at risk for a spreading fire.

The agency conducted the test with an 8 oz can of dry shampoo. After heating the battery, a fire broke out almost immediately and an explosion came within 40 seconds. 

Nail polish remover, hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol all resulted in fires too.

The U.N. agency will discuss the proposed worldwide ban next week in Montreal.

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