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Page 24 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • DECEmbEr - JANuAry 2016 For the best and latest news, just log in at www.aircargo-ap.com.au Are you getting your Aircargo news daily? Australian government seeks to boost sME fTA takeup Tuesday, October 27, 2015 The Australian government will provide A$2.45 million over two years to assist training of small and medium-sized (SmE) business owners and employees, so they can better understand exporting and learn how to access and take advantage of new trade agreements with China, Korea and Japan. i Hoverboard debate takes off thanks to a celebrity rant - and house fires globally ONE airline after another has banned hoverboards from both passen- ger-checked and carry-on baggage, but it took a celebrity meltdown by the actor russell Crowe to hammer home the message: you don’t want them in passenger cabins or checked. Hoverboards now are likely to fea- ture in the ongoing discussion about cargo haulage of lithium ion batteries, the hoverboards’ power source. For those not familiar with the devic- es – although they came very much to the fore as Christmas gifts – the hover- board is a self-balancing battery-pow- ered scooter, typically with two wheels side by side and gyroscopic sensor pads in the foot platforms. Some have a single wheel. Their problem is that the lithium ion batteries can suffer a fair bit of knocking around while in use, creating a potential fire risk. The risk escalates with cheaper versions, with some sold without a fused plug, others simply of poor manufacturing quality. At least two home fires have oc- curred during re-charging. At a recent briefing in Geneva, Gilberto López meyer, IATA’s senior vice president for safety and flight operations, said the organisation was “currently developing guidance for the industry on how to manage this emerg- ing issue”. He said “the lithium ion batteries used in many of these devices are not built to standards and are often mis-la- belled”. They were not, he stressed, mobility aids like wheelchairs but are regarded as personal electronic devices. Another worry is that they are being sold airside at some airports, particu- larly in Asia. russell Crowe’s anti-Virgin Australia rant when it denied him permission to take his children’s hoverboards on to a flight was given massive coverage. Some people agreed he had a right to be upset but the mood swung away as Virgin Australia quietly explained its stance, pointing to the global trend towards airline bans. Then came more TV and newspaper coverage of house fires and other incidents. Sympathy for the actor dropped. These are clearly dangerous goods in aviation terms.