|by Sean O'Neill||Airport Check-in, Luggage, Packing||15|
There's a new ban on spare non-rechargeable lithium batteries in checked luggage. It's not because of terrorism. Instead, the problem is that the lithium batteries can overheat and ignite under certain conditions and the fire systems on plane cargo holds are not designed to stop the fires. Passengers can still check baggage with lithium batteries if they are installed in electronic devices, such as cameras, cell phones, and laptop computers. If packed in plastic bags, spare batteries may be left in carry-on baggage. Details on the Department of Transportation website.
2007 was one of the safest ever for flying. There were only 34 accidents in the U.S., and only 102 elsewhere in the world, involving planes big enough to carry at least six passengers plus crew. That was a record low since 1963, says the Aircraft Crashes Record Office.