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New Rules For Carrying Lithium Batteries On Airplanes
Posted: 1/3/2008

New aircraft restrictions in checked and carry-on luggage for carrying loose lithium batteries, such as for laptop and professional audio/video/camera equipment, went into effect January 1, 2008. The new rules have been implemented to help reduce the risk of battery fires.

Under the new rules:

  • Passengers will no longer be able to pack loose lithium batteries in checked luggage.
  • Passengers can take two loose batteries in carry-on baggage but only if each battery is in a separate re-sealable plastic bag or in its original packaging.
  • Common electronics (cameras, cell phones, laptop computers) are still allowed in both carry-on and checked luggage with their lithium batteries inside them.

Complete information can be found on the Transportation Security Administration website ( under "In The News."

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