Experts: Batteries may pose airline security threat

08/16/2010 | USA Today

Lithium-ion batteries are coming under increased scrutiny as a possible tool for terrorists intent on bringing down an aircraft. Some experts say multiple batteries from computers, cellphones and the like could be rigged together to create a bomb, and they note there are no limits to how many such devices may be carried on board an aircraft. "If there's a need for special packaging for batteries in the cargo hold, why are there not special precautions in the passenger cabin?" asks Billie Vincent, a former FAA security director. TSA says it has looked into the issue and concluded that lithium-ion batteries "cannot be used as an explosive and are not a security threat in personal carry-on quantities."

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