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October 24, 2017

Air Travel: Potential New Laptop Ban + New Flights From Interjet

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A proposal for a new laptop ban and new Los Angeles - Mexico flights from Interjet lead this week’s air travel news affecting the meetings and events industry.

New Laptop Ban Could Target Checked Luggage

After a summer in which a laptop ban grabbed headlines, a new ban on large electronic devices could be in the works – but this time, the ban would apply to electronics in checked luggage.

According to the Associated Press, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has filed a paper with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which sets global aviation safety standards, urging a ban on large electronic devices like laptops from checked luggage because of the risk of fire posed by lithium-ion batteries. In a series of 10 FAA tests, lithium-powered laptops were forced into a “thermal runaway” by a heater, causing large fires. In one test, in which an aerosol can of dry shampoo was strapped to the laptop, the aerosol can exploded, leaded to a fire that officials said could overwhelm an aircraft’s fire suppression system and lead to the loss of the plane. (The aerosol can was of a type that would be allowed in checked luggage.)

The ban proposal is on the agenda for an ICAO meeting this week and the next in Montreal, the Associated Press said. The paper does not say whether or not the ban should extend to domestic flights.

Interjet Launches Flights from LA to Mexico

In flight news, Interjet has announced non-stop service between Los Angeles and Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and El Bajío, Mexico. The company already serves Los Angeles with non-stop flights to Cancun, Mexico City and Guadalajara, Mexico. This new service is scheduled to begin November 23, 2017.

The new Los Angeles service will be operated using Airbus A320 aircraft with 150 seats. Flights will run three times a week from Los Angeles to Los Cabos, four flights a week to Puerto Vallarta and daily to El Bajio.


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