Can the battery be carried on the plane?
Many times, when we take an airplane to go on a business trip or travel, we always carry different electronic devices. This will inevitably involve some battery-related problems.
Some batteries contain certain hazardous substances, which may pose a risk during transportation. Therefore, the relevant transportation safety management rules have strict regulations on the behavior of passengers carrying batteries.
We need to be familiar with the regulations related to this to avoid potential problems or delays when flying.
So, let's go back to the title of the article, can the battery be brought on the plane?
The answer is: of course. However, its answer depends on the size and type of battery you're carrying.
According to the relevant regulations of TSA, some batteries can be carried and placed in carry-on luggage. But there are also some batteries that can only be transported in checked baggage, and this has more requirements and restrictions.
Some common battery types and precautions you may carry
Batteries that fit in carry-on luggage
-01 Lithium battery
Lithium-ion batteries are often used in laptops, smartphones, tablets, or other small electronic devices, and you can carry these electronic devices with lithium-ion batteries for personal use. However, try to keep these devices off during takeoff and landing, or put them into sleep or airplane mode.
Also, you need to keep an eye on the power of the battery. According to relevant regulations, if the power of the lithium-ion battery is less than or reaches 100 watts, you can carry it or pack it in checked luggage. But if batteries over 100 watts may require prior approval from the airline.
In addition, it is worth noting that for some spare lithium batteries, it is not allowed to be carried in checked luggage. You need to put them in carry-on luggage, and do separate packaging to prevent short circuit.
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-02 Dry cell alkaline
According to relevant regulations, for dry batteries of type C, D, AA or button size, etc., they can be placed in carry-on luggage. In addition, rechargeable dry batteries such as nickel cadmium and nickel metal hydride are also allowed to be carried as long as the power of the battery is within the allowable range.
-03 Wet cell
You can carry wet batteries with a voltage not exceeding 12 volts and 100 watts per hour in your carry-on luggage. However, please be careful to place the battery in a spill-proof container to reduce the possibility of it posing a hazard in flight.
In addition to the batteries exemplified above, many other types of batteries will be involved in practice. If you are not sure whether they can be brought on the plane, you can check with the airline in advance before packing.
In addition, if the regulations are met, please try to put batteries and devices in your carry-on luggage. On the one hand, this can better prevent the danger of batteries caused by temperature and external stimuli, and on the other hand, it can also reduce the risk of losing important equipment.
Batteries in checked baggage
Generally speaking, some of the more common and popular types of batteries and devices using batteries can be transported in checked baggage. For more specific transportation rules, you can check the regulations of the relevant Civil Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Bureau according to your actual situation.
But things like car batteries, spilled batteries, wet batteries, etc. are not allowed in checked baggage. Batteries for wheelchairs or other battery-operated personal mobility aids may be allowed after approval and inspection by the airline.
In addition, there are certain requirements for some battery-driven devices when checking in luggage. For example, electronic smoking devices are not allowed in checked luggage even without batteries. But if you insist on carrying a battery-powered device in your checked baggage, be sure to check the airline's relevant transport regulations carefully first, and pack the device in a protective box (protective bag) if allowed.
How should I pack the battery when carrying it on an airplane? How to protect the battery?
- If you keep the original packing box of the battery, you can put the battery in it directly;
- Use some protective measures, such as packing the batteries separately in plastic bags or protective boxes;
- Tape can be used to cover the connection terminals or contacts of the battery;
- Put battery-operated devices in your luggage to avoid being activated;
- It's rare, but if your battery overheats, swells, or burns while traveling, it's important to contact airline staff immediately and seek help.
Regardless, it is important to carry batteries safely for your own safety and that of other passengers.
If you have more questions about carrying batteries, you can inquire about transportation safety management rules according to your actual situation.
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