Three of America’s largest airlines have announced that they will be banning hoverboards in their aircrafts starting this week due to safety concerns.
The American Airlines Group, United Continental Holdings, and Delta Air Lines have issued separate statements on Thursday, stating that reports related to fire incidents caused by hoverboards have prompted them to decide on banning the item in their flights.
“Each airline has to make a risk-based analysis to decide if these items are to be transported or not, what mitigating measures are to be applied to permit carriage of those items,” said Gilberto Lopez Meyer of the International Air Transport Association.
A U.S. agency is currently looking into at least 10 cases of hoverboard fires across nine different states, wherein an issue on the device’s lithium ion battery has been pointed out.
Professor Jay Whitacre of Carnegie Mellon University shared his thoughts on the issue, saying that the quality of batteries placed on the devices is the main cause of the incidents.
“There are a lot of factories in China that now make Li-ion batteries, and the reality is that the quality and consistency of these batteries is typically not as good as what is found in top tier producers such as LG or Samsung,” the scholar said.
This month, the National Trading Standards Board of Britain said that at least 88 percent of the 17,000 hoverboards that entered their borders were deemed to be unsafe due to overheating and exploding potentials.
Aside from fire-related incidents, U.S. authorities has also recorded at numerous emergency room cases related to hoverboarding, including fractures, strains, sprains, contusions, lacerations, and other injuries.