NOTE TO SELF: Don't bring lithium batteries to the airport; unless you want the risk of this happening.


A passengers carry-on bag caught on fire at Yeager Airport in West Virginia while it was passing through airport security.  Airport security was able to extinguish the flames and no one was hurt; nor did anyone have any flight delays related to the incident; but it is a could have been much worse.


According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s battery policy, the following batteries ARE allowed:

  • ALLOWED: Lithium ion (rechargable)
  • ALLOWED: Lithium metal (non-rechargeable) batteries are allowed in carry-on bags, but must be under a certain size or wattage.
  • NOT ALLOWED: Loose lithium batteries are prohibited in checked bags.

Although a bag catching fire at an airport security check is unusual, it has happened before.

Last year a passenger’s phone charger exploded in the overhead compartment causing a fire on board China Southern Airlines in February of 2018. A "not so" Smartphone caught fire mid flight in 2017.

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