Philippine Airlines is no longer allowing passengers to check-in lithium-ion batteries on cargo carriage as they are cited as potential fire hazards when airborne, according to a local reports.
Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are commonly used on mobile phones and notebooks while non-rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are used on watches and calculators.
PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime Bautista emphasized, “Safety is the cornerstone of our operations. We mitigate risks as we assure our passengers of our commitment to safety.”
PAL’s move to disallow lithium-ion batteries for check-in is due to the increasing number of international airlines prohibiting this item to ensure safety of the passengers.
Although check-in of lithium-ion batteries is not allowed, PAL informed its passengers to hand-carry their devices with this type of battery along with their spare batteries.
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