An award-winning lithium battery fire containment bag used by more than 80 airlines worldwide is on sale at a discount price for the next two months.
AvSax lithium battery fire mitigation bags are the world’s best-selling fire containment bag for personal electronic devices on aircraft and are now on around 15,500 aircraft worldwide.
They have been used 33 times to deal with emergencies since the start of 2017 and every time they have been used in action the aircraft has been able to complete its journey safely with no need to divert or make an expensive emergency landing.
Diversions and emergency landings can cost up to $400,000 with the bills the airline must pay including fuel, catering, landing and ground handling fees, air navigation costs, passenger rebooking and onward connection fees as well as other costs to care for crew and passengers which may include flying a relief crew out to the plane.
AvSax won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the UK in 2018 – the top business award any company can get.
AvSax fire mitigation bags usually cost £500 but are now on sale for £400 until January 1, 2022.
Lithium-ion batteries power all personal electronic devices ranging from mobile phones and laptops to iPads, headphones and vaping devices.
AvSax managing director Richard Bailey said: “The airline industry has gone through the most challenging time in the industry’s history due to the coronavirus pandemic and this is our way of helping airlines by heavily discounting our AvSax for a limited time.
“Airlines know they need something to deal with lithium battery fires. No-one wants a fire in the confined space of a passenger aircraft cabin at 35,000 as a burning personal electronic device will give off toxic smoke and there is always the possibility the battery could explode with potentially catastrophic results.
“Airline companies have such confidence in AvSax it means they can deal with an incident and then continue their journey with the peace of mind the AvSax will completely contain the overheating device.”
When lithium-ion batteries overheat or catch fire they can go into what is known as thermal runaway. This happens when one cell in a battery overheats it can produce enough heat – up to 900°C (1652°F) – to cause adjacent cells to overheat. This can cause a lithium battery fire to flare repeatedly. Incidents of thermal runaway are on the rise and it can happen if mobile phones get crushed in airline seats.
There have now been at least 340 aviation-related incidents involving lithium batteries carried as cargo or baggage recorded since January 23, 2006 by the Federal Aviation Administration in the USA alone – so the figures could be far greater worldwide.
The number of incidents is worryingly on the rise as the FAA have been notified of more than 25 incidents of lithium batteries overheating or catching fire on planes in the USA this summer – well over double the amount recorded in the same three months last year.
Only 10 incidents were reported in the same four months of 2020 and 15 in the pre Covid-19 pandemic year of 2019.