The U.S. government is also urging the world airline community to ban large, personal electronic devices like laptops from checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic fire. The FAA has conducted 10 tests involving a fully-charged laptop packed in a suitcase. Tests show that when a laptop’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery overheats in close proximity to an aerosol spray can – even of dry shampoo, it can cause an explosion capable of disabling an airliner’s fire suppression system.
Nail polish remover, hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol in baggage near laptops also resulted in large fires The fire could then rage easily unchecked, leading to “the loss of the aircraft,” the paper said. The proposed ban is on the agenda of a meeting of ICAO’s panel on dangerous goods being held this week and next week in Montreal. The FAA’s counterpart in Europe; Airbus, one of the world’s largest makers of passenger airliners; the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Association, and the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Association, which represents aircraft makers, concurred in the recommendation.