Hoverboards banned from local airports

(Buffalo Niagara International Airport)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Concerns over lithium batteries have prompted the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport to ban hoverboards from their terminals.

No airlines at the Buffalo Airport will transport hoverboards as checked luggage or carry-on items. Additionally, Allegiant and Spirit Airlines at the Niagara Falls airport will not transport them either.

Hoverboards — two-wheeled, motorized platforms that balance themselves, were one of the most popular gifts of the 2015 holiday season.

They have gained attention not only for their futuristic appeal, but the dangers associated with them. Many consumers have said their hoverboards caught fire or even exploded. Others have fallen off the boards.

MORE | Learn more about what kinds of batteries are allowed on planes here.

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