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AP Sources: Panel Proposes Ban on Air Shipments of Batteries

A U.N. panel recommended that cargo shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries be banned from passenger airliners because the batteries can create fires capable of destroying planes, said aviation officials familiar with the decision. The International Civilian Aviation Organization’s air navigation commission, the agency’s highest technical body, also proposed Wednesday that the ban be lifted if new packaging can be developed that provides an acceptable level of safety. Final...

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