Monday, December 31, 2007

Travel Tips: TSA limits lithium batteries on flights

If you're traveling after Jan 1st, you should be aware of new TSA guidelines on the your spare laptop batteries.  TSA guidelines now stipulate that

  1. You may not pack spare lithium batteries in checked luggage
  2. You may pack devices with installed lithium batteries in checked luggage
  3. You may carry spare lithium batteries in carry-on luggage
  4. You may bring lithium batteries installed in a device
  5. You can bring lithium ion batteries installed in a device that are up to 8 grams of equivalent lithium content
  6. You can bring up to two spare lithium ion batteries with an aggregate of 25 grams of equivalent lithium content.
  7. Lithium metal batteries, whether installed or carried as spares, are limited to 2 grams of lithium each.

I took this from Web Worker Daily and some comments are pretty funny.  One commenter was re-screened three times as TSA personnel resolutely tried to figure out what the plastic box in his carry on was (it was his laptop charger) :)  Who knows how they'll figure out how many grams of lithium you have on you!


Taylor Martyn said...

Over the past few days I've been reading a number of articles by bloggers and established news sites as well as the TSA web site, FAA web site, etc.

The one thing that I believe to be true that you do not point out is that the limit of 2 spare batteries only applies to batteries between 8 grams and 25 grams. I'm not totally confident in that, but that's how I read the new rules.

Also, the spare batteries have to be in plastic baggies now. My understanding is that this is to protect them from contact with metal that would cross the connections and cause the explosion of the battery.

Laura said...

Just wondering if everything is ok where you are since you haven't posted in so long and you usually do quite regularly. Hope you're all right!

Jeff said...

Thanks for the note! I'm doing fine, but have been on an intentional "information fast" the last couple of weeks :) I've just slowed down some things so I can focus more on others.

I hope you're doing well. Thanks for checking in with me!