Here are all the airlines that have banned hoverboards—and why

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If you were lucky enough to get a hoverboard in your Christmas stocking this holiday season, you may have some trouble getting it home.

More than 60 airlines have banned hoverboards from being taken on their flights—either as carry-on items or in checked luggage—because of concerns about the scooters' lithium-ion batteries, which are potentially combustable.

Lithium-ion batteries power everything from laptops to smartphones to Teslas. But the large size of a hoverboard's battery—and the fact that some knockoff hoverboards are made cheaply and without proper safeguards—makes it particularly vulnerable to overheating. Several news stories have reported incidents in which hoverboards caught fire or exploded, injuring their riders or damaging nearby property. Understandably, airlines aren't willing to take the risk of an onboard explosion.


Airlines' hoverboard bans aren't sitting well with passengers, including actor Russell Crowe, who had hoped to take their self-balancing scooters with them on board.

Here are the airlines that have banned hoverboards in all passenger luggage, according to IATA:

Aer Lingus
Air Astana 
Air Berlin 
Air Canada 
Air France 
Air New Zealand 
Air Seychelles 
Air Tahiti 
Air Transat 
Alaska Airlines 
All Nippon 
American Airlines 
Austrian Airlines 
Bangkok Airways 
British Airways 
Brussels Airlines 
Cathay Pacific 
China Airlines 
Delta Airlines 
Fiji Airways 
Hong Kong Airlines 
Japan Airlines 
Jet Airways 
KLM – Royal Dutch Airlines 
Korean Airlines 
LAN Airlines 
Malaysia Airlines 
Philippine Airlines 
Qatar Airways 
Saudi Arabian Airlines 
Singapore Airlines 
South African Airlines 
Sri Lankan Airlines 
Swiss International 
TAM Airlines 
Thai Airways 
Thomas Cook 
Thomson Airways 
United Airlines 
Virgin Australia


Several airlines, including Southwest, appear to allow hoverboards in certain circumstances, although policies have been changing rapidly. (If you've got an upcoming flight, you should probably check with your airline directly.)

For their part, hoverboard makers have maintained that the scooters are safe, even as local news broadcasts have been headlined by stories of hoverboards that have caught on fire and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recorded at least 70 complaints of hoverboard-related emergency room visits.


"I wouldn't feel safe having my kids on a plane without knowing the devices were safe either," John Soibatian, president of IO Hawk, a major hoverboard manufacturer, told CNN.

The CPSC is currently investigating the root cause of all of the hoverboard fires. In the meantime, it has issued tips for hoverboard fans, including only purchasing scooters that are certified by a national testing laboratory.