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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