Ever been on a flight and heard an announcement to shut down every electronic device? There is a reason behind why they make passengers turn off electronics. The radio waves of a few electronics can cause some malfunction in the avionics technology of the plane. They can also interrupt the vital components of the plane.
There have been many incidents on passenger planes in regards to the batteries. Prior to 2010, there weren’t many battery-related incidents on passenger planes but after 2011, when the technology was becoming very mainstream, we observed more and more incidents per year. Pre-2011, the battery-related incidents were up to 1 to 8 incidents per year. However, after 2011, there was a sudden spike of battery-related incidents which resulted in an average of 30 incidents per annum.
Overall, majority of the passenger plane incidents were caused by battery-related incidents thanks to the active tracking since 2006. It was recorded that 187 out of 289 (64 percent) passenger plane incidents were because of batteries.
Delta Airlines comes up on top of the incident number with 29 incidents followed by Southwest with 36. United Airlines had 23 incidents, and American Airlines had 10. The other airlines have reported less than 10 incidents.
The devices that caused the incidents are also various. The leading devices are the power banks and other rechargeable batteries having reported 39 cases. Vaping devices generated 36 incidents, laptops and tablets followed with 24 cases and then cellphones were linked to 22 cases.
Take a look at the following infographic for more information.
Infographic by: powerbankexpert