#Travel: UN agency bans lithium-ion battery cargo on passenger planes


lithium-ion battery

The UN agency responsible for air travel standards has banned the transportation of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, saying they pose a serious fire hazard.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) says the temporary measure will last until it adopts new packaging standards in 2018.

Set to take effect on April 1, the ban will exclude lithium-ion batteries in laptops transported in airplane cabins by passengers or crew, the Montreal-based agency’s governing council said in a statement.

“This interim prohibition will continue to be in force as separate work continues through ICAO on a new lithium battery packaging performance standard, currently expected by 2018,” ICAO council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said.

Although the ban is non-binding, most countries follow the agency’s standards.

Airlines and pilot associations had requested the ban citing security reasons, the ICAO said.

Many airlines have already voluntarily stopped transporting battery shipments.

Two serious cases of overheating in lithium-ion batteries took place in January 2013, both on Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The first occurred aboard a plane parked in Boston. The second took place on an All Nippon Airways plane over Japan, forcing it to make an emergency landing.

Regulators grounded all Dreamliners then in operation for more than three months.

Earlier this month, the US Federal Aviation Administration warned against the risk of “catastrophic explosion” in lithium-ion batteries transported in aircraft cargo holds.

FAA tests showed aircraft fire-suppression systems are incapable of preventing such explosions, including in mobile phones and laptops.

Lithium-ion batteries are used in a large range of products from laptops to electric cars.



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  • Dcamaxim2000

    Can you please post the video wakenya tusikize?

    • Maringo

      Those asking for the link have not read the story. There is a link to the audio in the story. Its a little bit more work but read the story.

  • Gitahi Njeri

    please post the audio

  • Moffah

    The audio clip please.. we have freedom to get informed in all ways ..

  • Truthaboutnhif

    Capital fm please listen to the guy who was on tv known as Amit Thakar and compare the voices and let us know who it is.

  • Big guns inc

    Very sad, every noble thing in this country is just scandalous???

  • The voice in Amit Thakkar of 
    Avenue Healthcare Ltd..
    this Indians should be seriously screened. 

  • Ali Abdullahi

    Long are days when looters just walk freely. Time is ripe for justice to all

  • Nicksomuli

    our leaders are a cursed lot.CORRUPT LOT

  • Tiptip

    Woo!!. I have listened to the voices of corruption and i find it mind boggling.Atwoli was obviously working together with this muindi but they were short changed. He had missed the opportunity to grab and that made him bitter.Never the less he brought the fight for the spoil into the public eye and we congratulate him to that extent.Anti corruption now needs to move fast and investigate his (Atwoli’s past activities in other public institutions like NSSF.Atwoli must also go!!!. He has been eating the poor and sending them to their graves yet pretending to be fighting for the workers.Kerich must be having fat account no wonder he was not bothered even when atwoli was throwing babs at him on labour day.Kerich needs to tell us what motivated him and the rest of the board to look the other side.Kerich was the main contact and faciltator of the grand theft.It is now obvious NHIF has excess fund to take care of the inpatient scheme and not what thieves want us to believe.

  • Jiclench

    kenya. we are effed

  • Henry’s daughter
  • Ndwigafp

    The issue is not who or where the recording was done, but the truth is, the whole scheme is a rip-off. Let the Government allow employees and Kenyans in general to choose whether they want join NHIF or a private scheme. Majority would opt for the later.

  • Festusck

    so sad

  • Aa

    Amit Thakrar

  • JeffM

    God help us.  The laughter of hyenas after stealing baby goats from a poor man’s pen.

  • Aptbks

    Atwoli the saint. Shame!

    • ukweliusemwe

      Seems atwoli was not cheap he exposed them anyway

  • Patriotickenyan

    Atwoli should resign and pave the way for investigation. It seem swe have reached the core of the problem. Also Atwoli’s son in law Midiwo should be investigated with Richard Muga.

  • ukweliusemwe

    Fools indeed, did Atwoli say yes? I doubt it

  • Kipkemboi

    there is no health for the poor,everyone should know and learn this.

  • kennedynyaga

    All i have heard here is a smart business negotiation. One side offers the other bargains. Where is the corruption again?

    • Anonymous

       Listen from 9:50 kerich tells the guy not to give Atwoli a lot.

  • Kissfm

    momo wewew

  • Me_benji

    Great vigilance and journalistic courage to find and post this. What do yU think of the part “prof is a smart guy but it’s hard to tell him what exactly is in ur heart on this” followed by evil laughter. We have no leaders in Kenya. We will get nowhere led by vultures.

  • Other than the mention of Atwoli, all I heard a genuine business discussion with each side giving its own version.
    Where is the corruption talk again??

  • Mwaniakim

    i have listened to this conversation several time and i have gathered several key points out of it. apart from the whole NHIF saga lest be realistic. this Indian guy is a foreign investor the complains that he is making as far as investing in Kenya is concerned are all true. its been there and the government has done nothing why simply because only a few benefit from all this corrupt and shoddy dealings. i don’t want to believe him but why should he go to an extend of paying government health workers using his own money? and this other black nigger, he thinks now that he has stolen a lot of money from Kenyans he forgets that the highest number of Kenyan are poor. he is even being reminded by this foreigner that more that 2 million Kenyan are living below poverty level. hallo can any one see how our governments has failed completely??????????????

  • Guest None

    Am surprised that COTU are board members in NHIF yet they came out as if they had no information……..how Kenyans can be taken for a ride!!!!!!!

  • Joel Lehmann

    Here is my interpretation
    of this:


    Apart from a number of aggressive
    comments about purported incompetence of NHIF board members,

    this is mostly a genuine
    and intelligent discussion about the feasibility of the social insurance scheme
    proposed by NHIF.


    Mr Kerich says it can be
    done, Mr. Thakker (who is the CEO of private clinics) says it
    cannot be done – i.e. offer quality inpatient and outpatient services at
    the proposed cost. Mr Kerich and Mr Thakker have differing views on how many
    outpatient visits will be incurred by a given population.


    Mr. Thakker argues that
    the private sector would be willing to pay higher employee deductibles (double
    of what is currently being paid) to NHIF if they offered high quality inpatient
    services, even without outpatient. That is what is meant by the statement
    ‘the private sector will offer you 12 billion shillings”.


    The part of this
    conversation that needs to be analyzed and interpreted is
    around minute 13:00 – 14:00. Kerich says, about Atwoli, “usipatie yeye mingi sana” then they both
    joke that Atwoli is a good guy. Thakker later continues his comments to the effect
    that board members are appointed without criteria, and that they are like prostitutes.


    The other thing that
    needs to be analyzed is: Why did Mr. Kerich audio-tape this conversation? Was
    he collecting armory for the eventuality of being found in a compromised
    situation at a later point?

  • Though the recorded discussion is interesting as far as who was offering what in competition for the tender, one thing struck me. In the entire conversation, the purported MD of NHIF seems to be the passive of the two. The gentleman of Asian origin seemed to be the driver and, if the conversation had been recorded further, I’m afraid that his opinion would have carried the day. The purported MD exhibits a lackadaisical attitude not befitting a man in charge of billions in public funds. Isn’t it time to have the interviews of heads of key state organisations public? I have in mind KRA, NHIF and NSSF.

  • Guest

    I have listened to this and I am disappointed at the lengths that people can go to twist the truth. Apart from ”Kerich’s” insinuation that Atwoli is on someone’s payroll and the disparaging of the board f NHIF, I see a lot of sense in what this asian guy is talking about. Few if any non employed kenyan’s can afford the NHIF cover yet the employed are supposed to finance this. Isn’t it the goverment’s responsibility to provide healthcare for its citizen’s? Back in the day’s, there used y=to be drugs and doctors in government hospitals, then came corruption and cost sharing, now the employed few are supposed to shoulder this burden. Why not think outside the box and require every kenyan with an ID to pay even 500 per year, that would be around 20 billion to offer basic haelthcare to the poor and allow those who want to take private cover for enhanced treatments. We could also have a health tax on certain foods. By the way where do the sin taxes on alcohol and cigarettes go? Shouldn’t they be channeled to medical care?

  • Tmutua

    Siku za mwizi ni arubaini(40)

  • xoxo

    Whoever is reporting this is reading too much into nothing !

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