The Federal Aviation Administration is now seeking a ban on laptops in checked bags because of fire concerns. The shift from the previous laptop ban which involved laptops on board is the result of new safety tests showing that the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries found in laptops could overheat when packed next to flammable items in checked luggage. The findings are in a paper submitted to the International Civil Aviation Organization, the UN agency that issues non-binding air safety guidance to the international community. The proposed ban has already won the backing of the European Aviation Safety Agency and Airbus, the European aircraft manufacturer. The ICAO will discuss the ban at a meeting of its panel on dangerous goods to be held over the next two weeks in Montreal.