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    Transport of Batteries - Transport conditions

    Batteries

    Know the restrictions on the air transport of batteries.

    Transport of batteries

    The transport of lithium batteries is included in the transport of dangerous goods category. Read carefully our recommendations and rules.

    The transport of one lithium battery on your flight depends on:

    • The configuration and watt-hour capacity (Wh), in the case of rechargeable batteries
    • Or the lithium content (LC), in the case of non-rechargeable batteries.

     

    Watt-hourcapacity (Wh) or Lithium Content (LC) Configuration Hand baggage Hold baggage Operator's approval
    Up to 100 Wh (2g) Inside the equipment Yes Yes No
    Replacement Yes (no limit) No
    Between 100 and 160 Wh Inside the equipment Yes Yes Yes
    Replacement Yes (max. 2) No
    Over 160 Wh They must be declared and transported as cargo in accordance with the rules of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Dangerous Goods.

    Transport conditions

    The batteries must be transported as follows:

    • The terminals  of batteries must be protected against short circuits;
    • They are transported in the respective original packaging, or isolated with tape on the terminals, or separately placed in an individual plastic bag:
    • Replacement batteries cannot be packed in hold baggage;
    • When transported inside equipment (laptops, cameras, mobile phones, etc.) they must be disabled and cannot be accidentally turned on while in hold baggage.

    Discover the conditions for other batteries

    Liquid batteries:

    • These may spill and are therefore considered dangerous cargo, although they may be transported;
    • The airline must have been notified in advance, to ensure that the handling requirements are in accordance with the regulations;
    • They may be transported as cargo.
    Dry batteries:

    • The batteries are considered to be sealed and are not considered dangerous goods;
    • They must be thoroughly tested before a manufacturer can label the battery as dry and/or sealed;
    • They are not accepted as hold baggage.

    The different lithium batteries

    • Small batteries include mobile phone batteries, watch batteries, MP3 batteries and most original laptop computer batteries. The maximum capacity of this type of battery is 100 watts-hour (Wh);
    • Medium-size batteries include larger batteries, such as some long-lasting laptop computer batteries and those used in professional audiovisual equipment. A medium-size battery can provide 100 to 160 watt-hours of energy;
    • Large lithium batteries are for industrial use. A rechargeable large battery generates over 160 watt-hours of energy and can be found in electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as mobility devices and motorcycles.

    Exception for wheelchair batteries

    Electric wheelchairs contain liquid batteries that can leak, and which are not normally allowed as cabin or hold baggage.

     

    However, since the electric wheelchair belongs to a passenger, it may be transported in the cabin or in the hold. However, the battery must be removed from the wheelchair and transported in a special container.

     

    If a passenger has a wheelchair with a battery containing liquid that could spill, they must arrive early at the airport and inform the check-in desk.