You soon may be forced to carry your laptops in your cabin luggage or in your hand. According to a report shared by TOI, large personal electronic devices (PED) like laptops may soon be prevented from carrying in check-in bags, owing to the potential fire the batteries of these devices can cause, leading to possible catastrophes. Power banks, portable mobile chargers and e-cigarettes are already banned in check-in baggage in India. Also Read - Best laptops under Rs 50,000 in India in July 2021: Mi Notebook 14, Acer Aspire 3, moreAlso Read - Best laptops under Rs 30,000 for work from home: HP 245 G7, Lenovo Ideapad S145 and more
However, in the cabin luggage, these electronics will still be allowed. Cabin crew are now trained to handle PED fires as soon as anyone notices smoke emitting from the bag they are kept in . Just last week, a Samsung Galaxy J7 smartphone caught fire on a Jet Airways flight between Delhi-Indore, which the cabin crew was able to quickly douse. Also Read - FIR filed against Twitter India again, now over child pornography content
Essentially, the reason why these electronics are banned in the check-in and not in the cabin luggage is because during a long flight, if an electronic device catches fire in the cargo of an aircraft, cabin crew wouldn t actually know about it until the fire becomes big and the alerts ring in the cockpit. Even then there will be no way to access and control the situation. With these products being in cabin, on the other hand, with so many people to notice if any such incidence is to occur, the cabin crew will be able to get things under control. ALSO READ: Australian woman suffers burns on face and neck as headphone batteries catch fire
International aviation agencies have started considering banning big PEDs from check-in bags. Once a decision is taken by any leading aviation agency, India is also going to follow suit, said a senior DGCA official. Power banks, portable mobile chargers and e-cigarettes are already banned in check-in baggage in India.
Reportedly, many international aviation agencies are already weighing in the possibility of banning big PEDs from check-in bags. A senior DGCA official told TOI that as soon as any of the leading aviation agencies take a decision on thar, India is also going to follow suit. ALSO READ: From iPhone 6 to Xiaomi Mi4i, 5 recent instances of smartphones catching fire
The International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) dangerous goods panel is examining a working paper on “PEDs carried by passengers and crew” to address safety concerns regarding PEDs being stowed in checked baggage. The American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has submitted its test results in this ICAO paper, which concludes that fire in PED kept in cargo hold “could lead to loss of aircraft”, reports the publication. RELATED: Galaxy Duos smartphone bursts in Indonesia, but here s why Samsung isn t to blame
“FAA fire safety branch conducted 10 tests utilising a fully charged laptop computer inside a suitcase. A heater was placed against a lithium ion cell in the battery of a laptop to force it into thermal runaway… it was concluded that if a PED is packed in a suitcase with an aerosol can and a thermal runaway event occurs, there is the potential for an aerosol can explosion…. (In some cases) the fire suppression system of the aircraft is then compromised, which could lead to the loss of the aircraft,” TOI quoted the ICAO paper as reading. ALSO READ: What to do if your smartphone catches fire