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Soekarno-Hatta Airport bans power banks on planes

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 15, 2018   /   06:50 pm
Soekarno-Hatta Airport bans power banks on planes The Air Transportation Directorate General issued on March 9 Circular No. 15/2018, which regulates bringing portable power banks and lithium batteries onto planes. (Screengrabs from Twitter via The Straits Times/File)

Travelers departing from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport have been prohibited from bringing power banks and lithium batteries with capacities of over 160 watt-hour (Wh) onto planes as such equipment has the potential to explode or catch fire during a flight.

"The [airport] police along with aviation security are working together to prevent in-flight incidents caused by electronic gadgets. We're currently focusing on disseminating information on the ban to passengers," said airport police chief Sr. Comr. Akhmad Yusep on Wednesday as quoted by tempo.co.

The Air Transportation Directorate General issued on March 9 Circular No. 15/2018, which regulates bringing portable power banks and lithium batteries onto planes.  

The regulation applies to all domestic and international flights. 

Akhmad added that power banks with capacities of 100-160 Wh could be brought onto planes with airline permission. (vla)