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BREAKING NEWS: Delta to BAN “hoverboards” on all flights starting tomorrow 11DEC15

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hoverboard in airport

The above photo is of someone riding a so called “hoverboard” through an airport. They have become the rage this year, but there have been real safely issues as I am sure you have seen on the news with them, for no reason, catching on fire and violently so.

Starting tomorrow 11 December 2015 I have learned that Delta will no longer allow these type of units, that is, Hoverboards and others of the same type family on-board an aircraft.

Delta has apparently looked at these and is not comfortable with the poor quality of the lithium-ion batteries used and the clear risk they expose passengers, Delta people and the aircraft to. Fire on an aircraft is clearly nothing to toy with (no pun intended)!

Also they are REALLY taking this seriously. You will not be allowed to board with one of these units. If they find you have one on-board before takeoff they will return to the gate and remove it. If found in flight the unit will be moved to a safe place to be monitored until landing and then ground crews will be alerted to the passenger having the item i.e. don’t expect to bring it on-board your connecting flight!

I have no problem with this ruling from Delta and applaud them for it. Again, safety is primary for Delta and this is a prudent step to take. – René

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René de Lambert is a contributing writer and the founder of RenesPoints. He is an avid Delta and SkyTeam flyer who has held Delta’s top Diamond Medallion status for many years and flown millions of miles.

9 Comments

  1. Santastico Reply

    Nothing wrong with this but should this be a Delta decision or a TSA?

    • @Amy C – I think the ban is for both checked and carry-on. I would think the risk is great no matter where these things are. Plus, why are folks not wearing helmets when riding these things I will never understand.

  2. Seems excessive. I have not seen a single report of them starting on fire when they are turned off. Laptops have also been known to start on fire.

  3. FAA, NTSB, TSA, and all airlines will find it easy to agree on this ban. While very reliable, when lithium ion batteries fail due to an electrical short, a raging fire almost alway ensues.

    Delta allows the transport of no more than two extra batteries, each limited to a maximum of 160 watt-hours provided they are carried on board the aircraft, and packed as per Delta’s guidelines. The transport of spare batteries in CHECKED BAGS is PROHIBITED by Delta.

  4. Thank god. Those things are stupid. How lazy can you get. Whether for safety or not they should be banned on planes, with limited space on baggage and all.
    And by the way, it does not “Hover”.

  5. This is happening already… British Airways banned them a week ago..

  6. great news, they need to, too many issues with them cathing fire.

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