(Effective with the 53rd Edition DGR, we note that the designation of lithium batteries have been deleted from DGR 2.3.5.9 and it now covers any battery. Is this true?)

Q.
DGR 2.3.5.9 of the 53rd Edition DGR for 2012 has deleted the designation of lithium batteries, and the paragraph now seem to apply to all types of batteries. This imposes extensive difficulty with passenger handling. Is this true? (30 Nov 11)

A.
It is mandatory that not only lithium batteries, but any type of batteries must be protected from short circuits during transportation (refer Special Provision A123). Different procedures governing the manner of carriage by the type of batteries cause confusion not only with the airlines but also with the passengers. It was therefore concluded that all batteries should be recommended for transport as carry-on baggage instead of checked baggage.


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