(Bloomberg) — A United Nations aviation panel has voted to require tighter standards for shipments of lithium-based batteries on airplanes, even while it rejected calls for a broader ban.

A committee of the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal took a preliminary step to ensure batteries are shipped with lower charge levels and that they are identified and packaged properly, the U.S. Air Line Pilots Association union said in an e-mailed statement Friday.

The action was "unacceptable," union President Tim Canoll said in the statement, because previous fires have taken down planes.

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