Planning

Batteries

Domestic and International

Batteries pose a unique hazard during air transport and can cause a fire if not transported correctly. The carriage of portable electronic devices (PED) and batteries is for personal use and to assist you from carrying any batteries and quantities that are prohibited at law please read the information on this page.

If your flight is to or from the United States, penalties under US Federal law include fines of up to USD250,000 and even imprisonment. Please also read the information on the FAA Safe Pack website for more information about batteries and hazardous materials.

Whether a battery can be carried or not depends on its type, configuration, the quantity and certain conditions:

  • In equipment – The battery must be securely installed in the portable electronic device (PED). When carried in checked baggage the PED must be switched off (not in hibernation or sleep mode), have the on/off switch adequately protected against accidental activation and the PED must also be protected from damage. For example, the PED is packed in original retail packaging, a sturdy box/container or a hard-molded case for items such as power tools, where the on/off switch cannot be accidentally activated.
  • Spare or loose batteries - Are those batteries not installed in the device, carried separately or items such as power banks/packs designed to power or back-up another device. Spare/loose batteries (including power banks/packs must be in carry-on baggage only and must be protected against short circuit by, placing in its original retail packaging, placing each battery in a separate plastic bag or protective pouch or insulating terminals by taping over exposed terminals.
  • All lithium batteries must be of a type that meets the requirements of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, Part III, subsection 38.3. Documentation verifying this may be required.
  • Batteries that are damaged, distorted, leaking, showing signs of corrosion or identified as defective and recalled by a manufacturer are not permitted for carriage

For more information, see the below video about travelling safely with lithium batteries. 

 

Type Common Use Configuration Cabin Baggage Checked In

Lithium-ion (polymer)
100Wh or less

Batteries for mobile phones, handheld devices, laptops, tablets, small power tools, video cameras, small toys. In equipment
Limited to 15 PEDs per person.
Additional PED’s may be approved by the Operator where this is deemed necessary.
Allowed Allowed

Spares
Up to 20 spare batteries permitted. Additional batteries may be approved by the Operator where this is deemed necessary.

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Lithium-ion (polymer)
101Wh - 160Wh

Batteries for large camera equipment, garden tools, small recreational devices, large drones. In equipment Allowed Allowed

Spares
Only two (2) spare batteries.

Operator Approval Required

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Lithium-ion
(polymer) over 160Wh

Electric bikes, Segways, recreational vehicles and battery packs.

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Not permitted

Electric Wheelchair/Mobility Device Exemptions Apply

Lithium metal
2 g or less lithium metal content

Non-rechargeable batteries for watches, cameras, small toys. In equipment
Limited to 15 PEDs per person. Additional PED’s may be approved by the Operator where this is deemed necessary.
Allowed Allowed

Spares
Up to 20 spare batteries permitted. Additional batteries may be approved by the Operator where this is deemed necessary.

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Lithium metal
Over 2 g - 8 g lithium metal content

 

Medical Devices only

Not permitted to, from and within the USA.

In equipment Allowed Allowed

Spares
Only two (2) spare batteries.

Operator Approval Required

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Lithium metal over< 8 g lithium metal content

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Not Permitted

Electric Wheelchair/Mobility Device Exemptions Apply

Non-spillable batteries


12v or less and 100Wh or less

Sealed lead acid (SLA), Gel Type and Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM), camera lighting, children’s toy vehicles, uninterrupted power sources for computer back-up. In equipment Allowed Allowed

Spares
Only two (2) spare batteries.

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Non-spillable batteries over 12v and 100Wh

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Not Permitted

Electric Wheelchair/Mobility Device Exemptions Apply

 Dry Batteries

  • Alkaline,
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH)
  • Nickel Cadmium (NiCad)
In equipment
Limited to 15 PEDs per person. Additional PED’s may be approved by the Operator where this is deemed necessary.
Allowed Allowed

Spares
Up to 20 spare batteries permitted. Additional batteries may be approved by the Operator where this is deemed necessary.

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