Safety first when packing for air travel
Can I pack that?
In August 2014, CASA released its first app to assist the travelling public to make sure that their luggage is safe.
The new dangerous goods app, Can I pack that?, is designed so that people can use it as an essential reference when packing their bags.
The app is also an educational tool designed to help the travelling public understand how everyday items can be dangerous in an aviation environment.
The app is image based and allows people to find items by searching for key terms. Each item is given a particular rating or classification, advising the user whether the item is prohibited, can be taken in carry-on luggage or needs to be checked in.
The app is available for Apple iOS and Android devices and can be accessed by visiting the Apple app store, Google Play or the CASA website. In less than 12 months, the app has had over 22,000 users.
The app will be updated regularly to accommodate any newly listed dangerous goods and take into account user feedback to make improvements where possible.
The development has been a collaborative effort between CASA’s Safety Promotion and Information Technology branches, dangerous goods inspectors, and the Australian Dangerous Goods Air Transport Council.
Safe travel with lithium batteries
CASA has launched a new safety video on YouTube to help inform passengers about how to travel safely when carrying lithium batteries.
The new safety video was produced by CASA’s Safety Promotion team and shot at Sydney Airport. It shows how lithium batteries can potentially short-circuit and ignite when packed incorrectly, putting travellers at risk.
Lithium batteries jumped to the top of CASA’s Top 10 Least Wanted list of dangerous goods after they ignited a fire in the cargo hold of a Melbourne to Fiji flight just before passengers were due to board.
The ‘least wanted’ list aims to increase public awareness about everyday items that can become dangerous when taken on board aircraft. It is published on CASA’s website and displayed at airports.
More information can be found on CASA’s website at www.casa.gov.au/dg
Dangerous goods images: © Civil Aviation Safety Authority, iStockphoto, Dreamstime