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Old December 9th, 2013, 09:23 AM   #1
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Fying and Li-Ion batteries

PAG's Steve Emmett has written an article on their experiences regarding the problems people are now having when taking Li-Ion batteries onto flights.
Could you be powerless on arrival? by Steve Emmett tv-bay articles

Edit: sorry for typo in title.
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Old December 9th, 2013, 09:31 AM   #2
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Is this peculiar to entry into the USA?
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Old December 9th, 2013, 09:32 AM   #3
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And of course exit therefrom.
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Old December 9th, 2013, 09:41 AM   #4
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They mention the case of "a cameraman, travelling from Denmark to Germany, whose batteries were removed from his luggage and destroyed by the airline"
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Old December 10th, 2013, 01:43 PM   #5
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This appears to be a bit anecdotal - I flew last month from Brazil to Europe (Spain) with 6 Sony L 970 batteries in my checked baggage without problems - although the cases were ¨security wrapped¨at departure to prevent theft. Also a similar number in hand baggage.

I guess this is another example of uneven application of poorly communicated rules on airport security.
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Old December 13th, 2013, 07:45 PM   #6
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Attached is the latest IATA regs re transporting of batteries. Virtually every airline is a member of IATA and uses this document. Things are getting pretty tight on Li-on batteries and airlines.

If you read this recently released report you will understand why. A li-on fire is virtually impossible to put out.

UPS 747 Crash Highlights Lithium Battery Danger | Flying Magazine

Govt regs listed here.

Safe Travel

possible liability issues here

Understanding Your Liability: Shipping Lithium Battery Powered Devices

American Airlines recently fined the BBC... AND the cameraman £ 75,000 Stirling EACH for breaking the current regs. I guess we should all be warned!

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Old February 4th, 2014, 02:47 AM   #7
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A BBC news item on the subject: BBC News - Warning over exploding batteries on planes
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Old November 13th, 2016, 08:37 AM   #8
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Further info on traveling with Lithium batteries

How to travel safe with lithium batteries by Jose Antunes - ProVideo Coalition
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Old November 13th, 2016, 11:42 AM   #9
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Brian - thanks for the link. That is good timing because I plan to be flying shortly.
Noticed that the British Airlines link in the article had a nice *.pdf page but it was dated February 2016 so I did some checking to see if there was anything newer.

British Air baggage essentials, banned and restricted: Banned and restricted items | Baggage essentials | British Airways

https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org..._batteries.pdf dated September 9, 2016.
Under Q1: This seems odd. External chargers are also considered to be a battery. Huh? They’re pretty much a couple copper coils with a few small components, aren’t they?

Also https://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/hazmat_safety/
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Old November 13th, 2016, 04:00 PM   #10
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Maybe they are referring to external USB charger devices that have a built-in lithium rechargeable battery?

If so, they needed to make that more clearly detailed versus a device that is only an AC-powered charger.
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