Hoverboards Banned on Some Airlines Due to Safety Concerns

Airlines including Delta, American, United and JetBlue have all banned the two-wheeled machines.
1:46 | 12/11/15

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A new headline now about those hoverboards everyone is talking about. You see how easy for some of them to catch fire. Now airlines are banning passengers from taking them on board. ABC's linsey Davis here that story. Good morning, linsey. Reporter: File this under the category of hot, hot, hot. A lot of people will be unwrapping these gifts for the holidays but getting them home, that might be the problem. It's the toy that is topping Christmas wish lists. The hoverboard, but some of these hot new rides are getting a little too hot. Holy cow. Reporter: Reports of hoverboards catching fire like these put airlines on high alert during the height of the holiday travel season. Big names such as American, united, jetblue and delta are all banning the two-wheeled machine making sure an incident like this doesn't happen up in the sky. Hoverboards are powered by lithium batteries which have concerned airlines for years. The FAA putting on this test showing the potential dangers of lithium batteries in a shipping container, a chain reaction explosion and fire. And while the government mandates 160 watt hours limit aboard an aircraft many of these must have new items surpass that wattage posing a potential hazard risk and on the ground, more hoverboard bans, overstock.com stopping all hoverboard sales Thursday saying customer safety is always our top priority. These concerns don't seem to be hurting sales one bit. Ebay has said it's selling a hoverboard every 12 seconds but some parents may be rethinking their purchases right about now. Wow. My twin, that's what they want. Their number one -- Are they going to get it? You can't say anything about that right now. After reports last week, I don't know. If I want to get them one I better order it now because

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