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Lithium Battery Regulations

Lithium Ion Batteries On Planes – Lithium Battery Regulations

Travelling is fun when filming but make sure that your power doesn’t get taken from you! Lithium Battery Regulations for flying can see £100’s confiscated if you don’t follow the right procedures. So in an effort to make these differing procedures easy and simple I have tried to put as many on this post as possible.

I am getting all my information from various airlines and different countries so I don’t just assume everything is the same everywhere, that’s usually when you get stuck. As a battery reference my Swit S-8056N NP1 Lithium Ion Battery Pack is 73Wh. Luckily that’s ok for the Lithium Battery Regulations.

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Before getting straight into the airlines themselves I will grab the general Lithium Battery Regulations given by a number of countries Aviation Authorities. This can them give you the general rules for the countries and then see specific airlines to check for any extra Lithium Battery Regulations.

Important Info Regardless of governing body or airline.
You MUST protect the battery from short circuit by placing electrical tape over the terminals, or by placing it in a protective case or strong plastic bag.

Civil Aviation Authority CAA UK Lithium Battery Regulations

Under 100Wh Lithium Battery Regulations
Allowed in Carry On Baggage in Equipment or as Spares
Allowed on your person
No Airline Approval Needed
Not allowed in Hold Luggage

100Wh – 160Wh Lithium Battery Regulations
Allowed in Carry On Baggage in Equipment or as Spares
Allowed on your person
Airline Approval Needed
Not allowed in Hold Luggage

Civil Aviation Authority Lithium Battery Regulations Source

IATA EU Lithium Battery Regulations

The IATA generally give the same rules as main airlines but there document is very complex so ill just post it here. IATA Lithium Battery Regulations document. General rules include Approval needed by airlines for batteries over 100Wh – 160Wh. generally placed in carry on luggage and not in the hold.

Transportation Security Administration TSA USA Lithium Battery Regulations

The TSA last brought out updated rules on lithium ion batteries in Jan 2008. This was also brought in via DOT which is the department of transport.

You may NOT pack spare lithium ion batteries in checked baggage (baggage to go in the cargo hold)
You may pack spare lithium batteries in your carry-on baggage. There is generally no restrictions on the number of spare batteries you can hold in carry-on baggage, though airlines do limit them.

TSA.gov Lithium Battery Regulations Advice

Civil Aviation Safety Authority Australia Lithium Battery Regulations

Under 100Wh Lithium Battery Regulations
Carry-On Baggage ONLY for in equipment and spares100Wh – 160Wh Lithium Battery Regulations
Airline Approval Needed
Lithium Ion Batteries in equipment either in Checked in or Carry-on baggage
Spare Lithium Ion Batteries must be in Carry-on only and Max 2 Per Passenger

Civil Aviation Safety Authority Australia Lithium Ion Batteries Guidance 

Now onto some airlines for specific travel limits etc…

British Airways (October 2013)
Virgin Atlantic (Jan 2013)
Easyjet (website)
BMI regional (website)
Air China (website)

Lithium Ion Batteries / Lithium Battery Regulations

Under 100Wh
No Airline Approval Needed
Allowed in Carry On in Equipment or as Spares (BA states MAX 4 PER PERSON)
Only Allowed in Equipment in the Hold (checked in luggage) (terminal must be protected*)

Between 100Wh and 160Wh
Airline Approval Needed (Recommend minimum of 72 hours notice to airline before flights)
Allowed in Carry On in Equipment or as Spares (BA states MAX 2 PER PERSON)
Only Allowed in Equipment In the Hold (checked in Luggage) (terminal must be protected*)

Over 160Wh
Banned

*You MUST protect the battery from short circuit by placing electrical tape over the terminals, or by placing it in a protective case or strong plastic bag.

Cathay Pacific  Lithium Battery Regulations
Lithium Ion Batteries / Lithium Metal Batteries

Under 100Wh
Lithium Batteries In Equipment* – Carry On YES – Hold Baggage YES but recommend in Carry On
Lithium Battery Spares – Carry On YES (20 Per Passenger) – Hold Baggage NO

100Wh – 160Wh
Lithium Batteries In Equipment* – Carry On YES – Hold Baggage YES but recommend in Carry On
Lithium Battery Spares – Carry On YES (2 Per Passenger) – Hold Baggage NO

*Maximum number of devices with lithium batteries in them is 10 per passenger

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