U.S. Postal Service ban on overseas delivery of iPads, smart phones because of lithium battery worries; hurts soldiers.

New United States Postal Service (USPS) rules restrict the international…

New United States Postal Service (USPS) rules restrict the international mailing of devices using lithium batteries, which power most personal electronics. Lithium batteries can explode in certain circumstances and have been implicated in at least two major incidents involving cargo planes — one in 2006 when a UPS jet was destroyed, and the other in 2010 when a UPS jet crashed at a military base, killing both pilots.

USPS based its decision on guidelines set the International Civil Aviation Organization and the Universal Postal Union. The groups issue guidelines for global trade.

Military families or companies wanting to mail electronic devices overseas will instead have to use private carriers such as UPS or FedEx, neither of which ship directly to APO, FPO or DPO boxes used by service members. Though FedEx does ship directly to service members overseas, it can cost more than three times USPS rates.

That is going to hurt troops, iPads for Soldiers founder Winnie Pritchett, who since 2009 has mailed more than 700 iPads to troops in Afghanistan, told msnbc.com.

Source: MSNBC

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