The Air Line Pilots Assn. yesterday urged the US government "to prohibit shipments of lithium batteries on passenger and all-cargo aircraft until new regulations are in place to ensure the safe transport of these hazardous materials," citing three recent incidents in which "fire, smoke or evidence of fire associated with battery shipments has occurred" on freighter aircraft. ALPA is not pushing to restrict passengers from carrying lithium battery-powered devices such as laptop computers ...

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