Not quite good enough?

A recent article on http://www.insidesources.com discusses the current trend in airline fatalities.

2017 Ended Without Any Commercial Jet Crash Fatalities. Can the Streak Continue?

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The article states that Africa and Middle East have safety cultures that are “not as rigorous” as, presumably, those in Europe and the United States. Is this true or are the authors once again buying into the sentiment that exists that people think that we in Africa and the Middle East are just not quite good enough?

According to the IATA, sub-Saharan Africa still has an accident rate 44 percent higher than the global average, seems they may have a point……..

Is the problem with the “standards” or with training and application of the standards?

Is it an attitude, selection or leadership problem?

Do we have a culture problem?

Most important what are we going to do about it?

Smart Baggage: Important changes to the 59th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations

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What you must know

An addendum to the 59th edition of the DGR effective 1 January 2018. The addendum takes effect as of 1 January 2018, except for the restriction on “smart” baggage, which takes effect as of 15 January 2018.

The changes to Table 2.3.A and 2.3.5.9 for smart baggage reflect the decision taken by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel to restrict the carriage of baggage with installed lithium batteries. While the decision by the DGP will not become effective until 1 January 2019 with the 2019-2020 edition of the Technical Instructions, the DGB has taken the decision to implement the restriction on smart baggage early to address the potential risk of baggage with installed power banks.

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IATA Guidance on Smart Baggage with Integrated Lithium Batteries and/or Electronics

Recent developments of innovative baggage with integrated lithium batteries, commonly known as “smart luggage” are being marketed and sold to the traveling public. These devices include integrated lithium batteries, motors, power banks, GPS, GSM, Bluetooth, RFID or Wi-Fi technology.

The presence of the lithium batteries can contravene various regulatory requirements. These devices require careful attention – even if permitted by the applicable regulations.

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Contact iata@professional.za.com should you require guidance or assistance