Malaysia Airlines has become the latest airline to ban popular hover boards from its flights.
The battery powered boards, which are set to become the number one gift this Christmas, are believed to represent a fire risk due to a lithium-ion battery, which is volatile at altitude.
These “Personal Movement Devices (PMD)” have been classified as “Dangerous Goods”, which include air wheel, solo wheel, hover board, mini-segway, balance wheel and other self-balancing vehicles are considered fire hazards. This restriction has been recommended to all operators by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to ensure the safety of air travelers.
The above measures apply for Malaysia Airlines flights out of all airports including charter operations and connecting passengers from other airlines.
Other airlines to ban hover boards include British Airways, Air France, Emirates and Etihad.