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Battery fires: FAA to back ban on passenger plane shipments

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The risk of fire is prompting federal officials to back a proposed ban on rechargeable battery shipments on passenger airlines.
    
An FAA official says "the risk is immediate and urgent." The FAA cites research showing the batteries can cause explosions and fires capable of destroying a plane.
    
The proposed ban is on cargo shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries on passenger airlines.
    
Billions of the lithium-ion batteries are used to power consumer electronics ranging from cellphones and laptops to power tools and toothbrushes. Tens of thousands of batteries are often shipped on a single plane.
    
FAA tests show even a small number of overheating batteries will emit gases that can cause explosions and fires that can't be prevented by current aircraft fire suppression systems.

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