|Staff Reporter |||Dec 11, 2015 09:14 AM EST|
(Photo : Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Hoverboards have been banned from flights by major airline companies in the U.S.
Major airline companies Delta, United and American said that they are banning hoverboards in flights, because of some safety concerns related to the devices' lithium-ion batteries.
CNN Money reports that Federal rules have certain limitations on the types of batteries allowed in flights as some of them might go up in flames.
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Airline company Delta said it is banning hoverboards from flights because their manufacturers do not give enough information about the sizes and power ratings of the batteries inside the devices, and will start implementing the rule Friday.
United has already implemented the ban in all its flights Thursday.
American said that they have decided to ban hoverboards in response to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's ongoing investigation, and will be implementing the ban Saturday.
The Associated Press reports that other smaller airlines such as Alaska, Virgin America, Hawaiian, Spirit and Allegiant have also banned the said devices in flights.
However, Southwest Airlines still allows hoverboards in flights, provided that their owners carry them on the plane, and not as checked luggage. Currently, the airline company said it is still discussing the topic.
The Federal Aviation Administration has told airline companies to caution passengers from packing spare lithium-ion batteries in checked bags because they can cause fires in the plane's cargo compartment.
Although hoverboards are considered to be one of the hottest gift items this coming holiday season, officials are warning against them as they pose a threat to safety.
Recently it was reported that thousands of the said devices that were imported into Britain were seized due to some safety concerns. Hoverboards, also called swegways or self-balancing scooters, have been considered dangerous due to faulty components that may cause it to overheat, throw sparks, and explode.
Some reported house fires were also reportedly caused by these devices.
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