The International Federation of Air Line Pilots´ Associations (IFALPA) supports the International Civil Aviation Organization´s (ICAO) decision this week to prohibit lithium-ion batteries as freight on passenger aircraft, but feels more needs to be done to address the safety of shipments on cargo aircraft.
Both lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries continue to be permitted in unlimited quantities on cargo aircraft, despite the demonstrated risk these shipments pose.
IFALPA supports a long-term solution to develop packaging that will ensure lithium batteries can be shipped safely on both passenger and cargo aircraft, and is committed to working with ICAO and the SAE International to develop the appropriate standards.
The International Federation of Air Line Pilots´ Associations represents in excess of 100,000 pilots in more than 100 countries world-wide. IFALPA´s mission is to be the global voice of airline pilots.