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Airlines implement ban on hoverboards

The hot tech-toy of the season is having transport issues as Alaska Airlines is banning it as checked luggage or as a carry-on.

The lithium-ion batteries that hoverboards are powered by is the biggest concern highlighted in Alaska Airline's blog. 

"Hoverboard battery ratings are unreliable and have been known to catch fire, which makes them more concerning to transport on a plane," Alaska Airlines said. "In some models, we've found that the batteries claimed to be under the legal limit, but upon examination, they actually exceeded what the FAA allows on a plane."

Alaska Airlines is not the only company to ban hoverboards. Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines are also implementing the ban.

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