ICAO is to consider imposing further restrictions on the carriage of lithium batteries on cargo and passenger airliners, highlighting escalating concerns over potential fire hazards. ICAO previously imposed a worldwide ban on the bulk shipments of lithium metal batteries — the most fire-prone type of lithium power cells — in the cargo holds of passenger aircraft. Now opinion appears to be shifting to proposals, advocated by pilot unions and outside experts, to possibly extend a version of that prohibition to cargo aircraft. ICAO will discuss the proposal in a meeting in Germany this week. Tests by the US FAA revealed

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