Major airlines are following each other’s suit in banning 2015’s hottest Christmas gift on the market: hoverboards.
Hoverboards are two-wheeled, battery-operated scooters that require balance to ride and are lit up by LED lights. In a way, they are a mixture of a more high-tech version of the ripstik scooter, which was a huge fad a few a years back, and a segway.
Because hoverboards are operated by lithium batteries, their battery wattage exceeds the maximum batter wattage allowed on most planes. Therefore, these major airlines see them to be a fire hazard during flight.
According to Travel Weekly, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating at least 10 reports of hoverboard fires, some of which were captured on video.
Although United has set its ban immediately, Delta said its ban will begin on Friday and American’s on Saturday.
So, if you or your child was planning on traveling with a hoverboard during the holidays, it looks like you may have to leave it at home.