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Everyone knows that lithium batteries can be a major fire risk.
Mind you.. so can a 4 litre container of petrol.
It was not surprising therefore to read that another US airline has banned the carriage of lithium batteries on the grounds of safety.
United Airlines has followed in the footsteps of Delta who decided to ban bulk shipments of these batteries last month, citing fears that such consignments could pose an unreasonable risk of in-flight fires.
According to this BBC story, the FAA turned a cargo container into something of an incendiary bomb by filling it with 5,000 lithium batteries and then heating one to bursting point.
Was anyone really surprised at the ensuing fireball?
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkrox when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.
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