Warning About Lithium Ion Batteries on Planes

New concern about possible fires igniting with large shipments of batteries during flight.
1:31 | 07/18/15

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He was on the state's sex offender registregistry, and the investigation under way at this hour. And word from Boeing, telling airlines they should not carry shipments of a lithium ion battery. The rechargeable batteries when carried in bulk can cause jets to catch fire. David Kerley, back on the case tonight. Reporter: This is what could happen to lithium ion batteries, and why tonight, Boeing is taking action. 5,000 batteries in a test. Within 45 minutes, overheating can lead to a chain reaction fire reaching 1,100 degrees. These batteries are yubiquitous. All lithium ion batteries have some risk of thermal runaway. Reporter: So, Boeing is asking to avoid shipping these batteries. The company provided a safety checklist if airlines decide to carry batteries. This is a worldwide message, and later this month, a committee is expected to propose standards. Next to the severe weather we're watching for.

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