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02/04/2017 03:25:14 PM · #1
Not sure if May have noticed but Loose Batteries are prohibited by the FAA. If you carry your camera batteries loose and not in a case you risk having them taken away from you. For me that's about a $60+ loss. I just ordered 2 cases and a carry pouch.

Here is one link

02/04/2017 03:46:27 PM · #2
Which can be difference between having them loose or in a case? I have to check if the law there's also for the European flights.
02/04/2017 03:50:21 PM · #3
FAA Lithium battery safety

I'm traveling in a few days and just put blue painters tape over the battery terminals. Hope they let me through.
02/04/2017 03:55:11 PM · #4
I notice the list lwhen cking in at the security line ast Nov when I went to Paris. I've flown 3 times with no changes or questions. But I got whe right cases ordered now.

The tape should be good according to one article I read earlier.
02/04/2017 04:00:35 PM · #5
Probably can find lithium battery cases at the airport now. Like everything else, expect them to be marked up at least 100%.
02/04/2017 04:46:46 PM · #6
Many years ago, I had big problems in the airport of Milano, Italy. I had a laptop (server) with dual battery slot and 3 extra batteries in the same bag. When passing the scan, they found it extremely weird to carry so many batteries. I was working as international IT network engineer and had to migrate a server but had to backup all on a laptop server because of ongoing renovation in that company's new building. So power loss was frequent. At the airport I was taken away and had a complete examination by Italian police. That was the last time I took a plane for my work and soon after I quit that job.
In most Asian flights you are not allowed to take batteries in your hand luggage. (only the one in your camera is allowed) As if that one cannot explode...
02/04/2017 06:42:28 PM · #7
Originally posted by Alexkc:

Which can be difference between having them loose or in a case? I have to check if the law there's also for the European flights.


All's good as long as the terminals are covered so they can't come in contact with each other. So tape on the terminals, or any other cover to prevent contact should do. For camera batteries, if you have the battery case or cover, that should be all you need.
02/04/2017 06:50:59 PM · #8
I usually put them into snack sized ziploc bags, one per bag. Have not had a problem. Knock on wood.
02/04/2017 07:39:01 PM · #9
But then again, Buring Airlines Give You So Much More

Can't believe this is now 43 years old. Time flies...

Message edited by author 2017-02-04 19:42:06.
02/05/2017 12:33:08 AM · #10
Originally posted by skewsme:

I usually put them into snack sized ziploc bags, one per bag. Have not had a problem. Knock on wood.


Should add, they're really not that tasty, even with ranch dressing.
02/05/2017 01:20:37 AM · #11
Dell laptop.
02/05/2017 03:47:50 AM · #12
I have a flight to Scotland planned from London, so it's an internal flight. Would these new rules apply?

Just to be safe I guess I had better pack them separately, Leica Batteries are not cheap and the only thing to explode if they take them away would be my temper & I really don't need the extra crap.

So basically, it's about protecting the terminals of the battery becoming short circuit?

Global Paranoia at it's best.

I imagine they sell them at the airport for around £35 a piece
02/05/2017 05:00:23 AM · #13
Originally posted by FromDaRock:

Originally posted by Alexkc:

Which can be difference between having them loose or in a case? I have to check if the law there's also for the European flights.


All's good as long as the terminals are covered so they can't come in contact with each other. So tape on the terminals, or any other cover to prevent contact should do. For camera batteries, if you have the battery case or cover, that should be all you need.


Thanks Robin!
02/05/2017 05:02:32 AM · #14
Originally posted by MAK:

I have a flight to Scotland planned from London


When are you going there Marac? Glasgow or Edinburgh? I'll be there on Friday.
02/05/2017 09:18:21 AM · #15
Originally posted by Alexkc:

Originally posted by MAK:

I have a flight to Scotland planned from London


When are you going there Marac? Glasgow or Edinburgh? I'll be there on Friday.


We are going in March to the beautiful Isle of Skye
02/05/2017 02:09:21 PM · #16
Originally posted by MAK:

Originally posted by Alexkc:

Originally posted by MAK:

I have a flight to Scotland planned from London


When are you going there Marac? Glasgow or Edinburgh? I'll be there on Friday.


We are going in March to the beautiful Isle of Skye


No doubt a great place man!

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02/08/2017 01:29:05 PM · #17
Back in June/July I flew to Alaska, admittedly before the whole Samsung phone catching fire incidents took place. I hadn't flown since before 9/11, so was quite concerned about batteries and wanted to make sure I crossed all the 'Ts' and dotted all the 'Is' so I wouldn't be short needed batteries. The instructions I read said loose batteries must be in camera or covered with their factory covers. My two Nikons use the same EN-EL15 batteries and I took 8 batteries. 4 of the batteries were Watson brand, which didn't come with covers, but I found covers on e-bay. I'm glad I did the research ahead of time, cause they took over a month to arrive. The problem that had me worried was my Panasonic camera that I took mostly for video, the GX85. I took 6 batteries for it, one in camera of course, but Panasonic doesn't make battery covers for the others.

Although I was still nervous, I saw a posting on a non-FAA website that said that as long as the terminals are covered it wouldn't be a problem. I covered them in electraical tape and never had a problem on any of my 5 flights to & from. Ironically, I was so worried about the cameras, going so far as to have my daughter come to the airport to take the Panasonic & batteries back home with her in case I couldn't board with them, that I forgot that my wife's vaping device used bare 18650 batteries. Last second at airport, we threw them in a plastic travel soap box, and those were never questioned either. One last note that probably isn't related, but a motorcycle accident in the early 90s left me with a metal plate & 6 screws. Needless to say I was "selected" for enhanced screening at every flight.
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