Some airlines have set up new regulations on how and where you can carry batteries when flying.
Although you should check your airline to see if these rules apply, I would assume these regulations will soon apply to all airlines and flights. It can get a bit annoying to prepare for a flight, but after all, this is a safety issue. Personally I’d be happy to go through a bit of extra work to prevent any accidents on flights. Photographer Ryan Cooper received instructions in regards to batteries, when he was preparing for another trip.
No Naked Batteries in Checked Luggage
This one rather surprised me but it seems to be out of some sort of fear of the batteries leaking or causing a fire. Perhaps fear related to Samsung’s recent battery problems in their phones. Who knows? The rule is rather simple. Batteries installed within devices may be checked in your luggage as usual but batteries that are on their own cannot be placed in checked baggage.
Naked Batteries in Carry-on
Naked batteries, however, are still allowed in carry-on with one caveat. There must be no risk of their ends ever touching the ends of another battery. The airline I flew with addresses this problem by demanding spare batteries be packed in one of four ways.
- The batteries are still in their retail packaging.
- The batteries each are in their own isolated container. (Such as wrapping each battery in cling wrap)
- The batteries have the connectors on either end completely covered with tape.
- The batteries are stored in a protective battery container.