The 36-State ICAO [International Civil Aviation Organisation Governing Council], a United Nations Agency,  has ratified a new aviation safety measure which prohibits, on an interim basis, all shipments of Lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft.
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Julian Bray Aviation Security Expert comments: The prohibition  of Lithium-ion cargo shipments on passenger aircraft has been backed by aircraft manufacturers and pilots associations, they have all repeatedly lobbied for the new safety measures. It is evidenced that a bulk air shipment of Lithium-ion batteries, inside the confined space of an aircraft cargo hold space, can under certain conditions, create unintended friction and massive heat generation by the constant movement of the cargo in flight, and emissions from the battery packs. The new Dreamliner aircraft now has a retro fit Lithium-ion safety pod which directly vents to and is accessed from the outside. 
 
 
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“Safety is always our most fundamental priority in international civil aviation. This interim prohibition will continue to be in force as separate work continues through ICAO on a new lithium battery packaging performance standard, currently expected by 2018.” commented Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ICAO  President.
 
The new regulation takes effect from 1 April, 2016. It covers only to Lithium-ion batteries shipped as cargo on passenger aircraft, and will not affect lithium-ion batteries built into personal electronic devices carried by passengers or crew. It follows extensive reviews undertaken by the ICAO Air Navigation Commission, and the UN agency’s Dangerous Goods, Flight Operations, and Airworthiness panels.
 
Julian Bray Aviation Security Expert comments The prohibition  of Lithium-ion cargo shipments on passenger aircraft has been backed by aircraft manufacturers and pilots associations, which have repeatedly lobbied for the new safety measures. It is evidenced that a bulk air shipment of Lithium-ion batteries, inside the confined space of an aircraft cargo hold space, can under certain conditions create unintended friction and heat generation by the constant movement of the cargo, and emissions from the battery packs. The new Dreamliner aircraft now has a retro fit Lithium-ion pod which directly vents to and is accessed from the outside.