The United States Postal Service has banned overseas shipments of lithium cell batteries.
This means batteries coming into the USA as well as batteries going out. And there's no exemption for military addressees, so we hope our brave troops can find room to stow a Super Holiday Mega Pack of Duracells.
Why? Blame it on whiny pilots who can't handle a little in-flight fire, plus the actions of some nanny state UN bureaucrats. Apparently, they find the charming nighttime scene depicted here a little disturbing...
|UPS DC-8 cargo plane fire, 7 Feb. 2006
Yep, the jury's still out on the lifespan of sealed phone batteries but the postal ban hammer's come down on your iPhone. Of course, the big phone makers will ship by boat. We wonder if the folks who run shipping lines have seen photos like this.:
|Well, at least a boat has lots of water...
All concerned parties, from the International Civil Aviation Organization to the Rechargeable Battery Association -- it's news to us, too -- hope to have it settled within a few months. USPS expects their ban (which starts next week) will be lifted by January, 2013.
Until then, MobilePhonesFan asks you to please yank 'em before packing, when possible. Let's be careful