Airlines want you to leave your hoverboards behind

Photo via Sharper Image
Photo via Sharper Image

“Hoverboards” are one of the most popular gift items this Christmas; eBay reported that one was sold every 12 seconds on Cyber Monday, but they are not allowed everywhere. Delta announced in a press release today that the company has decided to ban hoverboards on its aircraft

“Employee and passenger safety remains the airline’s top priority, driving Delta to disallow hoverboards and all lithium battery powered self-balancing personal transportation devices in carry-on and checked baggage effective Dec. 11,” the press release read.

Delta’s decision to ban the hands-free electric scooters comes from their concern about hoverboards’ batteries, which have recently come under attention when hoverboards began exploding and catching fire.

According to Mashable, Delta’s decision to keep hoverboards off its airplanes makes it the fifth airline to do so. JetBlue, Virgin America, Frontier and Alaska do not allow the hands-free electric scooters in carry-on or checked luggage.

Hoverboards in airports already made headlines when rapper Wiz Khalifa was arrested in August for refusing to dismount from his in the Los Angeles International Airport. He tweeted about the incident later, saying, “I stand for our generation and our generation is gonna be riding hover boards so if you don’t like it eat a d***!”


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