Delta bans hoverboards over fire threat

ATLANTA (AP) – Delta Air Lines says it is banning hoverboards because of the potential fire danger from the lithium-ion batteries that power the devices.

Hoverboards are motorized, two-wheel, skateboard-sized scooters that users stand on. They have been a hot gift item at some retailers.

Delta’s ban takes effect Friday. Passengers won’t be allowed to pack a hoverboard in either checked luggage or a carry-on bag. Delta says some boards use batteries that exceed the wattage for batteries allowed on planes.

JetBlue Airways has also banned the gliders because of the batteries.

More than a dozen airlines around the world have stopped accepting bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries. The Federal Aviation Administration says the batteries pose a safety risk.

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