Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Pack Extra Batteries

Phone batteryDon’t Pack Extra Batteries
In a safety alert yesterday, the FAA urged airlines to tell passengers not to pack lithium batteries in their checked luggage. Why? Because “they can ignite and fuel fires in baggage compartments.” This is a real danger, and if should be taken seriously.

Lithium batteries are used to power many personal electronics and household items—like phones, laptops and even toothbrushes—so it’s very possible you think to pack one for a trip. Fortunately, you can still pack these batteries in your carry-on.



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6 Comments on "Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Pack Extra Batteries"

  1. This is stupid,

    all the years before it was no problem, all of a sudden its a problem. Just because it happened somewhere. So a passenger cabin fire is less problematic then a luggage compartment fire?

    Will I get a third carry-on for all the batteries? some devices you cant even detach the battery. Some will probably count as a “weapon” and you cant carry it on, you have to check it, but you cant check it either.. so what do you do?

    Take the train, but wait, there could be a chance too, that the batteries ignite…

  2. Yes you are perfectly correct dear. I agreed with you.

  3. IMHO, the fire suppression system in the cargo hole should quickly put out a fire. Of course other passengers luggage will be foamed and not a good place for your pets.

    If I plan an overnight trip and want to avoid luggage fees, this is a joke. Why should I do a CYA for airlines and the FAA or leave my cell phones, camera and laptop at home. By the way, some will be whipping out their devices, when given the okay.

  4. Actually in the case of a true runaway reaction halon will not do much good. The flames will be put out but the heat will remain, so it will flame up as soon as it gets some oxygen. And lithium batteries produce their own oxygen when they get hot, as well as explosive gas (another problem). Fortunately, this is extremely rare. If the FAA truly cared about safety, they would advise consumers not to buy steeply discounted replacement/spare batteries off the internet. These are usually counterfeits or untested and manufactured in countries with poor regulatory oversight and no accountability.

  5. Is it better to convert US dollars in Korea or use my Canadian?

  6. What if we keep batteries packed and don’t put them on charging during flight ? Is it same dangerous being laid in baggage compartments… I don’t think so. There are so many other similar products possess same properties like these batteries and they don’t harm.

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