Watch out for your batteries…
Concerns that batteries on board planes could overheat and catch fire resulted in new regulations that took effect Jan. 1 for travelers who carry batteries on flights. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, travelers are no longer allowed to pack loose lithium batteries in their checked luggage. Instead, passengers can pack spare batteries in plastic bags or original retail packaging in their checked luggage.
Now if you’re wondering about your laptop, camera, cell phone, etc…don’t panic. The new rules allow travelers to bring these devices on board or in their checked luggage if lithium batteries are installed on the item.
For detailed information about these new regulations, please visit http://safetravel.dot.gov/whats_new_batteries.html.