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  1. drone flyer

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    So, Iv been doing some research and can't seem to find a clear answer on traveling with the drones. Well i know you can travel with them its just the battery part. Can you bring the batteries on the pane?, or do they have to be put with check baggage?
     
  2. Bowens44

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    You can travel with them but they have to go on the plane with you as carry on not in checked baggage.
     
  3. drone flyer

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    Thanks for the response is there a certain number of batteries you can have?
     
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  5. Jeremy Bernatchez

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    What Bowens44 said.. although with some Li-on batts they may be lenient with them going in checked baggage I would highly advise not to try putting your drone batts in checked bags, and always carry them on. I travel frequently for work (I work in TV/Film and do a lot of doc series' away from home), and we always ALWAYS have all our batteries in our carry on, down to even small 5D or GoPro batts.

    Think of it this way.. lipo batteries especially can become extremely hazardous if deformed or punctured, and the prospective rapid change in temp from ground to 40K feet and back can cause some serious contraction and expansion, which would really compromise your batts!

    Generally, below 100Wh, you're allowed unlimited units, but over 100Wh, you're only allowed two (based on the last time I checked the IATA guidelines). Hope that helps!

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  6. Jeremy Bernatchez

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    And here's a tool to check what your mAh equivalent in Wh is :) Convert mAh to Watt hours

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  7. drone flyer

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    Thanks a lot very much helpful.
     
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  8. abinder

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    Actually, the cargo hold of the modern day airliner is pressurized like the cabin where the passengers are.


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  9. JCFlippen

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    We always put gaffer tape over the battery contacts.
     
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  10. abinder

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    I saw some video where they put Saran Wrap around the end of the battery where the contacts are.


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  11. Jeremy Bernatchez

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    Ah yes, one step I failed to mention.. tape up exposed contacts! Don't want anything to accidentally short out and cause a fire while you're traveling!

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  12. PatR

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    You cannot carry lipos in checked baggage, period.
     
  13. Jeremy Bernatchez

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    Absolutely true, but I've heard so many instances of people doing such :-/

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  14. PatR

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    If you get caught, it can be expensive. If one shorts out, you killed a lot of people, including yourself. Do as you please but let everyone else know your plans before they get on the plane.
     
  15. Jeremy Bernatchez

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    The limits I was referring to were for carry-on anyways.

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  16. Jussaguy

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    You are allowed to have them in checked bags as long as one is in the bird and the extras are in the bag or case with the bird.

    It's no different than a lipo in a lap top computer with an extra battery or two or five.

    You can't just go with a bunch of lipos but you are allowed, by law, to travel with your non-checked lipos as long as you have the device that uses the lipos. If a TSA agent says otherwise, get a supervisor and print out the rule.

    I've traveled with mine over 50 times and only once was I questioned about it.

    Same thing!
     
  17. Jeremy Bernatchez

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    Well then you've been lucky. Depends on airlines, depends on countries, and depends on the agent you're talking to, even if you have rules printed. I got in **** from an Italian customs agent a few years ago for having SWIT Li-on batteries in checked luggage (under 100Wh), and had to take them out and put them in carry on. And again later on that same show going to the US. Since then we just started to carry them on and has been practically no fuss (other than once setting off the bomb warning at Heathrow... That was fun )

    For instance, FAA says no to spares in checked: Pack Safe – Lithium ion and lithium metal batteries, spare (uninstalled)

    And CATSA says you can only if it's installed on/in an item, but all spares must be approved by airline for checked baggage: Guidelines for Batteries | CATSA | ACSTA

    Point of the matter is, sure you can try and check them if you like, but you run the risk of being stopped, or your luggage being refused to be loaded, or starting a fire on a plane.

    It was just my advice to not check them and instead carry them on, as in my experience, that's the smoothest option for travel.

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  18. Jussaguy

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    I should have been more clear. I was only speaking about the US and you should never check them.

    Again, using the battery for a laptop example. You have the same privilege of checking a lap top computer on a plane with extra batteries IN THE SAME CASE as you do a UAS.

    The rules are of no difference.