Safety agency warns how phone accidents can lead to big problems.
Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority has a grim warning for the holiday travel season -- if you drop your phone on a plane, don't move, leave it, and ask for help. It might seem like overkill, but a new official warning outlines how a simple accident, clumsiness or butterfingers could lead to a fire onboard.
"Smart phones can fall into aircraft seat mechanisms and be crushed when the seat is moved," CASA said in a statement.
"This can result in damage to the phone's lithium battery which can cause overheating and fire."
"Passengers must remember never to move their seat if a phone goes missing while inflight and to always ask the aircraft cabin crew for assistance. If a phone is damaged cabin crew should be alerted immediately," CASA warned.
Besides crushed phones, CASA said lithium batteries, hoverboards and oxygen tanks make their dangerous goods list. The safety authority said travellers are still not carrying batteries or power packs safely, despite multiple and well-publicised warnings and awareness campaigns.
"Spare batteries must never be carried in checked luggage at any time but should be taken on board aircraft in carry-on baggage with the battery terminals protected," CASA said. For more information on how to carry batteries on planes, see the CASA dangerous goods website.
Hoverboards, or self-balancing scooters, set off numerous safety warnings around the time of their peak popularity last year, with multiple reports of the toys catching fire. CASA warns they are still dangerous.
"Hover boards have made the dangerous goods list for the first time, with passengers still packing the self-balancing scooter in luggage despite widespread warnings. The absence of manufacturing standards for hover boards creates an increased risk of fire," CASA said.
"Compressed oxygen also makes the dangerous goods list, with passengers requiring oxygen for medical purposes failing to contact their airline before travelling."
For more information, see the CASA website.