WASHINGTON—Travelers from 10 Middle Eastern and African airports flying to the U.S. under a new Homeland Security Department (DHS) electronics ban could see an increased risk from lithium battery-ignited fires in the cargo holds of their aircraft, according to two battery and aircraft safety experts. The security directive, which goes into effect March 25, requires passengers on nine carriers with nonstop flights to the U.S. from specified airports—eight in the Middle East and ...

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