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AirAsia bans lithium battery-operated devices from aircraft

Malaysia's budget airline, AirAsia just banned all lithium-powered electronic devices from entering the aircraft effective immediately.

The company stated this issue on Wednesday saying all lithium battery-powered personal transportation devices would not be permitted to board planes as check-in or hand-carry baggage on all AirAsia and AirAsia X flights effective Dec 30.

Hoverboards, Segweys, mini-Segweys, electronic scooters, solowheels and airwheels are among the devices that are banned.

On the other hand, AirAsia said that battery-operated wheelchairs might be allowed on the planes only under certain conditions, but the batteries would have to be removed.

"The maximum weight allowed for wheelchairs and mobility devices is 85kg," said AirAsia in a statement.

Guests are urged to be familiar with AirAsia's guidelines available on their website before boarding a flight with them.

AirAsia's decision follows similar restrictions imposed on "self-balancing electric scooters" by many other airlines this month such as Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air, Singapore Airlines and its subsidiary, Tiger Airways, British Airways, Virgin America, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, American and United Airline flights.

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