Singapore: Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Monday banned hoverboards, or self-balancing electric scooters, on all its flights for safety reasons, the company said in a statement.

“ Singapore Airlines will no longer permit the carriage of lithium battery-powered personal transportation devices, commonly referred to as hoverboards, as checked-in or hand-carried baggage with effect from 21 December 2015 for safety reasons,” it said.

According to the new regulation, passengers are not allowed to carry hoverboards either in carry-on or checked-in luggage, said a report.

Passengers are also not allowed to carry or check in any lithium batteries with watt hours more than 160 or a lithium content of more than 8 grams, which includes electric segways and electric bicycles.

Budget airline Tiger Airways, which is a SIA subsidiary, also followed suit.  SIA and Tiger Airways are not the first to ban such equipment.

Other major airlines such as British Airways, Virgin America, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, as well as Malaysia Airlines have also banned such devices.


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