U.N. approves lithium batteries ban

ASSOCIATED PRESS: The U.N. passed a temporary ban prohibiting passenger planes from shipping rechargeable lithium batteries.

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The decision by the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization’s top-level governing council isn’t binding, but most countries follow the agency’s standards. The ban is effective on April 1.

‘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,’ said Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ICAO council’s president.

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