Lithium batteries have topped the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) list of potentially dangerous items to take on an aircraft.
The list was released in conjunction with a new “Can I pack that?” dangerous goods (DG) app to inform travellers about how dangerous some everyday objects are when taken on board an aircraft, as well as any special packing instructions.
CASA said lithium batteries were number one on the list after they ignited a fire in the cargo hold of a Fiji Airways Boeing 737-800 at Melbourne Airport just before passengers boarded the aircraft bound for Nadi in April 2014.
“The DG app allows users to search for items and find out which ones can be carried on aircraft, what safety precautions need to be taken and whether items need to be placed in checked-in luggage or should be carried on to the aircraft by a passenger,” CASA said in a statement.
“By using the app aircraft passengers will be able to help reduce the more than 300 dangerous goods incidents a year.”
The DG app was available on Apple’s App Store, Google Play and Webapp, as well as on desktops.
Lithium batteries cannot be checked-in and must be hand carried by passengers.
The “top 10 least wanted” for 2014:
- Lithium batteries
- Gas cylinders and camping stoves
- Chainsaws and whipper snippers
- Lighters & matches
- Aerosol cans-flammable propellant
- Lifejackets and flares
- Household chemicals