Which Airlines Allow Carriage of Batteries?

With the recent news of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 being banned by almost all of the world’s airlines, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has compared the airline policies for restricted items, including batteries, in cabin luggage, helping travellers to pack accordingly.

The research by APH compares 23 airlines, including British Airways, Emirates, and Qatar Airways, and looks at the various regulations for packing battery-powered hoverboards, lithium batteries, electronic cigarettes, tweezers, umbrellas, matches and cigarette lighters in cabin luggage.

Due to the potentially combustible lithium-ion battery, all 23 airlines researched ban the carriage of battery-powered hoverboards in cabin luggage. These airlines allow the carriage of lithium batteries of up to 160Wh, with American Airlines and WOW air extending this to allow lithium batteries with a power rating of up to 300Wh, with airline approval prior to departure, while 11 of the airlines, including Air Canada, Finnair, and Monarch, state that batteries with a power rating of over 100Wh must be approved by the airline prior to travel.

All of the airlines researched allow the carriage of e-cigarettes in cabin luggage, although the use of e-cigarettes on-board any flight is strictly prohibited. A maximum of 96ml of e-cigarette oil is permitted on-board, while passengers must store e-cigarettes in a designated carry case if travelling with Delta Air Lines. E-cigarette refills and bottles of nicotine are not permitted on-board Flybe’s aircraft.

Five of the airlines researched, including Jet2, Norwegian Air Shuttle, and Thomas Cook Airlines prohibit tweezers from being taken in cabin luggage, due to their potentially sharp points.

For those travelling to rainy climates, only one of the airlines researched, Emirates, bans the carriage of umbrellas in cabin luggage. Three airlines, including Aer Lingus, Virgin Atlantic, and Icelandair, explicitly warn against pointed or sharp ends on umbrellas, which are not permitted in cabin luggage, while large golfing-style umbrellas must be stored in the hold with six of the airlines researched.

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