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Renewed Lithium Ion Worries: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Feb. 5-11

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | February 13, 2016

Renewed Lithium Ion Worries: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Feb. 5-11

Photo illustration by Barry Kaufman

Lithium ion batteries do not have a good track record when it comes to safety — they have left more than a few spontaneous combustion events in their wake. Boeing’s entire fleet of Dreamliners was grounded in 2013 due to concerns about batteries of that type that were installed on the aircraft. And now the FAA is calling for airlines to implement even tighter restrictions than those already in place regarding the amount of lithium ion batteries on flights. Click for details.

The concept of “going green” has permeated much of modern society, and the commercial aviation industry is no different. Much of the inspiration for this is an altruistic inspiration to save Mother Earth, but for airlines, it’s just good business. Click to see some environmentally friendly trends that are helping out carriers’ bottom line.

Privatization of air traffic control in the U.S. is a hot-button issue, with proponents pointing out the success of similar systems in Canada and Europe. Of the three domestic legacy carriers, American and United are for privatization, but Delta is against it. Click to find out why.

Female British Airways flight crews just achieved a major victory: they are allowed to wear pants instead of skirts. This will make for a less-drafty experience in winter, protect the legs in summer, and help eliminate the tired “sexy flight attendant” trope. Click for more.

Well, as the saying goes, taxes are a certainty in life, but a White House-proposed tax hike on airlines starting during the 2017 fiscal year has the Airlines for America trade association fuming. A4A and the airline industry’s major complaint is that the increase is just to pay off the government’s massive deficit. Click to dive deeper into this conflict.


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