Ministry issues circular on powerbanks for air travelers
The Jakarta Post
The Directorate General of Air Transportation at the Transportation Ministry has issued a circular to regulate airplane passengers taking portable lithium batteries, known as powerbanks, for their cellular phones and other electronic devices.
Circular No. 15/2018 issued on March 9 has been applied by a number of airlines.
“The regulation [on lithium batteries] is part of the Transportation Ministry’s flight safety standardization,” said national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia spokesman Ikhsan Rosan in Jakarta on Tuesday as reported by kompas.com.
Ikhsan explained that portable lithium batteries allowed in carry-on baggage must have a maximal capacity of 100 watts, equivalent to 20,000 mAh.
He added that passengers looking to take batteries higher than this capacity must report them to officers to seek approval. “Each passenger is allowed to take only two power banks,” Ikhsan added.
Meanwhile, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has also issued technical instructions for the safe transportation of dangerous goods by air. The instructions regulate portable electronic devices containing lithium batteries. (bbn)
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