Advice to passengers who want to take their hoverboard on a cruise – leave it at home. Hoverboards have been identified as a fire risk, making them a danger to cruise ships.
The US airline industry has banned hoverboards from flights aboard American, Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines.
The hoverboards have become so risky for air travel, The United States Postal Service has stopped shipping hoverboards by air as well.
Amazon and Target both temporarily suspended sales, and Overstock.com has stopped selling hoverboards at all.
The devices’ rechargeable lithium-ion cells contain a potentially flammable solution, which can explode if the battery is damaged, defective or overcharged.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Issued a press statement over a year ago on January 20, 2016. “CPSC is looking into dozens of fires involving hoverboards, which are also called smart boards or self-balancing boards. Many of these fires occurred indoors and could have resulted in serious injuries if not for the quick actions of consumers to extinguish the fire. This is a priority investigation and CPSC is devoting the staff time and resources necessary to find the root causes of the fires.”
For more than a year, the writing has been on the wall, as reports of fires have been increasing. On March 10, 2017, an “off-brand hoverboard” caused a home fire, killing Ashanti Hughes, 3, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Her two sisters are in critical condition.
Hoverboard banning by businesses and colleges has increased December 2015.
- Toys ‘R’ Us Pulls Hoverboards From Website John Kell. Fortune. February 22, 2016.
- Target Halts Sales Of Hoverboards Amid Safety Concerns: Report Sarah Berger. International Business Times. February 22, 2016.
- Airlines Ban Boards For Their Tendency to Spontaneously Ignite Katie Sola. Forbes. December 14, 2015.
- Delta, United, and American Airlines are the latest to ban ‘hoverboards’ Sean O’Kane. The Verge. December 11, 2015.
- Travel Advisory. Hoverboards and Similar Devices December 12, 2015.
- Hoverboards’ no longer welcome on Singapore Airlines flights Stephen Lambrechts. TechRadar.com. December 22, 2015.
- All of the USA’s big airlines now ban hoverboards Ben Mutzabaugh. USA Today December 14, 2015.
- Hoverboards banned by major airlines Ahiza Garcia. CNN. December 11, 2015.
- Malaysia Airlines bans hoverboards Yahoo News. December 19, 2015.
- Salve Regina University bans hoverboards amid safety investigation. BostonGlobe.com. Associated Press. December 16, 2015.
Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Disney Cruise Line all identify the hoverboard as a prohibited item, but not due to fire risk. They fall into the roller blade, Segway, Heely Shoes, bicycle category for mobility on the cruise ship.
Though Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines do not specifically identify them as prohibited. Technically, if you drive to the port, you could pack a hoverboard to use at other ports during the cruise. But, given the video below, why would you?
Video: Hoverboard fire