Qatar Airways has become the latest airline to
ban battery-powered personal vehicles, commonly known as ‘hoverboards’,
on all aircraft.
Effective immediately, the ban applies to all
small vehicles powered by lithium batteries as both checked-in
baggage and as cabin baggage on all Qatar Airways flights.
The ban applies regardless of the watt-hour
rating of the lithium battery.
Qatar Airways Senior Vice President for Group
Safety & Security, Ashish Jain, said, “Qatar Airways has taken
this responsible and necessary step as passenger and crew safety
remain our utmost concern. Recent reports and new evidence has led
to our decision to add hoverboards to our list of restricted
items. Therefore we would like to notify passengers ahead of the
busy travel season to ensure that no one is left unaware. Our
priority is the safety of our passengers and staff, as such we
cannot accept these items as either checked-in baggage or
Some examples of these small lithium
battery-powered vehicles are: airwheel, solowheel, hoverboard,
mini-segway and balance wheel.
Qatar Airways said it is implementing the
ban immediately due to “concerns regarding the questionable quality
of such items and the potential fire hazard associated with their
Qatar Airways is urging passengers to review the
list of restricted items on their website before travelling to
ensure a stress-free and smooth check-in process.
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