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Jetstar bans use of portable battery chargers

Released at: 17:05, 25/05/2017

Jetstar bans use of portable battery chargers

Photo: Tuoi Tre

Chargers can be taken onboard but must not be used, budget carrier announces.

by Le Diem

Low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific has announced that passengers will no longer be allowed to use portable battery chargers for their mobile phones onboard its flights.

The decision was issued shortly after a recommendation from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and a Qantas expert group on dangerous goods.

Passengers and crew on Qantas and Jetstar Group airlines, including Jetstar Pacific, can bring portable battery chargers onboard but cannot use them.

Jetstar Pacific said that ground crews and flight crews will remind passengers before each flight.

Portable battery chargers are a convenient device that many people use but bear potential risks of fire and explosions.

Vietnamese airlines currently require passengers not have lithium ion batteries used for laptops, mobile phone chargers, and laptops in their luggage, as recommended by ICAO.

Jetstar Pacific is the first airline in Vietnam to ban the inflight use of power banks.

Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Jetstar Pacific is a budget airline majority-owned by Vietnam’s State-owned national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, with the Australian-based Qantas Group holding 30 per cent.

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