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Lithium batteries on airplanes

Travel Forums General Talk Lithium batteries on airplanes

1. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 8y

Just a heads up for anyone bringing spare batteries for their laptops and iPods, etc. on would be a shame to have airport security take them and put a damper on your travel plans. Lithium...who'd have guessed!!!

Ban on Lithium Batteries in Checked Luggage

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Im very concerned about the likely threat of spontaneous human combustion - a very serious worry to all air travellers.

What next!!!

3. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 8y

Personally I think all this should have been handled by changing the cargo bay fire retardants without resorting to laws and inconviencing the flying public. This data seems inconclusive to me to enact a law. For instance, it's not clear to me what the effect of a single cargo container pressurized in this way is (metal boxes tend to puff up without fragmenting or actually "exploding"), nor what is the effect of exploding batteries inside of the cargo hold (as opposed to just the cargo container) is. Presumably the entire cargo hold isn't 100% filled with exploding batteries, so what density of batteries would you need to be a serious hazard ? What is the effect of the cargo hold fire surpression system in putting out fires with only sparse amounts of exploding batteries ? There are a number of highly dangerous things carried on almost any mode of transportation. Without a clear peer review of test review and challenge of the test results it's too easy to freak out about things. But that's just my opinion.

Here's some of the science behind it from the FAA.

FAA InFO sheet

FAA test

FAA test

For those of you who are travelling, these are the official rules from the DOT:

DOT official rules

Hmmm....looks like we'll have to DO-160E qualify my camera batteries.....

4. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 8y

Surely you're not asking for logic from the government, Q!!!!! Expect them to actually follow through on any potential alternatives that might save time and money????? dreamer, you

5. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 8y

The problem is that this isn't coming from the FAA. If it was that much of a danger the FAA would've taken more drastic action a whole year ago (check the date on the SAFO). However, I do expect my colleagues to do a better job of controlling the issue.