Taipei--About 70 percent of banned items confiscated by customs officers from checked baggage at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in the first three months of the year were portable power banks, the airport operator said on Friday.
From January to March, a total of 14,226 portable power banks were found and removed from checked baggage, Taiwan's main gateway, Taoyuan International Airport Co. said.
Portable power banks accounted for about 70 percent of items confiscated from checked luggage, followed by lighters at 16 percent and lead-acid or lithium batteries at 12 percent, according to statistics provided by the operator.
The company urged travelers not to place portable power banks and batteries in checked luggage for safety reasons, because they could cause a fire in the cargo hold during a flight.
Such items must be carried by passengers or placed in carry-on luggage, the company said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel