Response to In-Flight Fires Involving Portable Electronic Devices

Portable Electronic Devices (PED) containing lithium batteries and external lithium batteries such as power banks can catch fire and explode if poorly manufactured, faulty or misused. PED fires have occurred in the passenger cabin with the potential to cause serious injury to a passenger or crew member. Such an event on the flight deck could significantly disrupt the operation of the aircraft and cause serious injury to flight crew.

Aircraft operators are asked to review the safety risk assessment conducted as required under AMC2 CAT.GEN.MPA.140(c) and consider whether new products designed for use in the emergency response are warranted. Further information is published on our Dangerous Goods pages.