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Domestic airlines ban hover boards

The airlines say the rotating two wheeled skateboard is a potential fire hazard.

FILE: The Lexus introduced the first official hoverboard last year. Picture: Screengrab Youtube

JOHANNESBURG - Mango Airlines says it's banned the transportation of hover boards on all its flights due to safety risks.

The airline is one of several in the country including South African Airways to have implemented the ban since the start of December 2015.

The airlines say the rotating two wheeled skateboard is a potential fire hazard.

Mango's Hein Kaiser said "Mango, as well as about 60 other airlines globally, banned the transportation of glide boards on our aircraft. This is due to the large lithium iron batteries used by the devices and Mango has elected not to transport them in the interest of public safety."

The board will not be allowed in both on-board carry-on luggage, and cargo holds.