Issues with the lithium-ion batteries used by Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner have grounded the aircraft worldwide. The grounding has also reminded airlines about the other hazards involved with lithium-ion batteries, particularly regarding the transportation of cargo containing lithium-ion batteries. It is quite possible that airlines and air cargo providers will place further restrictions or outright bans on shipments containing lithium batteries or devices holding such batteries. Examples of wary airlines would be Cathay Pacific and British Airways, which are stopping all shipments of lithium-ion and lithium batteries on cargo aircrafts
Such measures could be an advantage as providers continuing lithium battery shipments would be able to charge higher rates for the service. It may also lead to a modal shift in transport from air to rail and ocean, particularly for high-tech or high-value goods that are typically transported by air.