28 May '16, 2am

CAAS steps up awareness drive on items that pose danger on flights

It seems harmless but a cellphone battery not stored or packed properly could cause a fire during a flight and, in the worst case, a crash. Such incidents, though rare, are a cause for concern for the aviation industry, given growing flight and passenger numbers. To mitigate the risks, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is stepping up its public education programme. Apart from lithium batteries that power cellphones, laptops and other gadgets, the focus is also on other potentially dangerous items such as make-up and perfumes. In June last year, the CAAS printed and distributed 1.3 million brochures to homes islandwide to explain the dos and don'ts. A second run will be done later this year, according to its director for airworthiness and flight operations, Mr Tan Kah Han. The rules state that passengers must not check in lithium-ion batteries unless they are...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/caas-steps-up-aware...

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