Hoverboards banned in two major airports in New York

27 January 2016 (Last Updated January 27th, 2016 18:30)

Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport in western New York, US, have banned the use of hoverboards.

Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport in western New York, US have banned the use of hoverboards.

The concern of the two airports has been prompted due to the use of lithium batteries in these boards and these batteries are highly combustible.

Buffalo Niagara International Airport has stated in its website that it will not allow its passengers to carry hoverboards in either checked luggage or in their handbags irrespective of the airlines they are booked with.

"Effective immediately all Buffalo Niagara International Airport airlines will not transport hoverboards in either checked luggage or as a carry on item."

Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga, New York, operates approximately 100 non-stop flights every day that travels to and from 22 airport destinations.

The airport stated: "Effective immediately all Buffalo Niagara International Airport Airlines will not transport hoverboards in either checked luggage or as a carry on item.

"Additionally, hoverboards (balance boards, gravity boards, self-balancing devices, etc.) are not allowed in the Buffalo Niagara International Airport terminal."

Allegiant and Spirit Airlines operating at the Niagara Falls International Airport, located east of downtown Niagara Falls, in Niagara County, New York, have also stopped transporting hoverboards.

Several other airlines have already prohibited their customers from carrying these boards with them.

Hoverboards are motorised platforms with two wheels that can balance themselves.

These boards can be dangerous as they can catch fire or explode, or even cause people to fall off the boards - a complaint of several users.