AirAsia latest to ban hoverboards from aircraft



PETALING JAYA: AirAsia has banned all lithium battery-powered transportation devices on board its flights effective immediately.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the company said that all lithium battery-powered personal transportation devices would not be allowed on board planes as check-in or hand-carry baggage on all AirAsia and AirAsia X flights effective Dec 30.

Items that are banned include hoverboards, Segways, mini-Segways, electronic scooters, solowheels, airwheels, balance wheels and similar equipment.

However AirAsia also said that battery-operated wheelchairs or mobility devices might be allowed on board planes under certain circumstances, subject to removal of the battery by guests.

They added that the maximum weight allowed for wheelchairs and mobility devices was 85kg.

Meanwhile, guests travelling with battery-operated items are being encouraged to refer to AirAsia's guideline available online.

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.