No 'dangerous goods' like hoverboards on MAS flights

Hoverboards are said to be one of the hottest gift items this holiday season, but they are now banned on several major airlines as at least 10 hoverboard fires come under investigation in the US.
Hoverboards are said to be one of the hottest gift items this holiday season, but they are now banned on several major airlines as at least 10 hoverboard fires come under investigation in the US.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said it will stop passengers from today from carrying hoverboards - self-balancing electric scooters - on all its flights, whether as carry-on or checked-in luggage.

The airline said in a statement that "small vehicles powered by lithium ion batteries" are now considered "dangerous goods" and have been banned from its flights, in accordance with the restriction recommended by the International Air Transport Association, the Malay Mail Online news site reported yesterday.

"These small vehicles, or personal movement devices (PMD) which include airwheel, solowheel, hoverboard, mini-segway, balance wheel and other self-balancing vehicles, are considered fire hazards.

"Therefore, Malaysia Airlines would like to remind passengers that it prohibits the carriage of all such devices (with or without batteries) as checked and/or carry-on baggage," the statement read.

The new rule applies to all MAS flights, including charter operations and connecting passengers from other airlines, Malay Mail reported.

Other major airlines have also banned similar devices after US Consumer Product Safety Commission said it was investigating at least 10 hoverboard fires, the Washington Post reported on Dec 10.

Though hoverboards are said to be among the hottest gifts this holiday season, they are now banned from British Airways, Virgin America, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, American and United flights.

A spokesman for Singapore Airlines said it is currently reviewing the matter.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 19, 2015, with the headline 'No 'dangerous goods' like hoverboards on MAS flights'. Print Edition | Subscribe