Uh-oh. If Grandma was planning on bringing that hoverboard you put at the top of your list this year with her when she visits for the holidays, she’ll have to find another way to get it here. Most major airlines have now banned hoverboards and similar devices from travelling on their planes — both in checked baggage and as carry-ons — due to rise of recent reports where the boards have burst into flames.
The problem seems to be the lithium-ion batteries that are typically housed in one of the foot rests. You can read more about why this continues to happen in an article recently posted by Wired HERE. Incidentally, Amazon has also stopped selling the devices.
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You are now free to move about the cabin, as long as you’re not on a hoverboard.
This holiday season’s hottest gift, and we mean literally hot, has been banned by most major US airlines. American, Delta and United said this week that hoverboards are not allowed in carry-on or checked baggage due to safety concerns about their batteries catching fire.
Southwest Airlines on Friday also decided to ban hoverboards and similar devices. “Southwest Airlines will not transport hoverboards in either checked luggage or as a carry-on item,” the airline said in a travel advisory.
Those companies join Jet Blue, Alaska, Hawaiian and a growing list of other airlines that have already banned the two-wheeled, motorized self-balancing boards.
The bans come as US regulators investigate reports of hoverboards catching fire or exploding. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has received “at least 10” reports of hoverboard fires, spokesman Scott Wolfson told NBC News on Thursday.
Hoverboards, which range in price from $200 to $1,500, shot to the top of many wish lists this year after celebrities like Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner posted shots of themselves zipping around (and falling off) the boards. This month, however, there have been reports of boards catching fire and videos that purport to show such incidents. Online retailer Overstock.com even said Wednesday that it will no longer sell them because of safety concerns.
The fires are possibly due to the overheating of the boards’ lithium-ion batteries.
Under Federal Aviation Administration guidelines (PDF), airline passengers are allowed to bring lithium-ion batteries in their carry-on luggage as long as the batteries don’t exceed 160 watt hours per battery.