What are the rules for taking batteries on an aeroplane?
There are two types of batteries that mobility scooters use:
Lead acid batteries can be carried on planes but there are more restrictions and they must be carried in the hold with the scooter. And they are heavy - lots of lead.
Lightweight Li-ion batteries must be carried on board with the hand luggage, while the scooter is normally carried in the hold.
The IATA limit for Li-ion batteries as hand luggage is 300 watt hours (Amp hours x volts). The batteries must be carried in a separate container with the terminals secure to prevent a short. The size of the battery must be clearly identified on the battery and preferably on the container.
The Luggie is supplied with a reinforced cardboard box for storing the battery as on-board luggage. A label on the box and on the battery clearly states the capacity of the battery to make it easy for check-in staff.
Airlines vary in their approach to carrying scooters and li-ion batteries, but almost all airlines permit scooters with li-ion batteries, as long as they conform to the above requirements. However, it is always advisable to check with the airlines before flying.
Some airlines, such as Qantas, will supply a permission letter that can be used at check in. This can be very useful at some check in counters because inevitably some staff are not aware of the regulations and will occasionally refuse to allow the batteries on board because they have not been properly trained or informed. There’s a link below to a sample letter.
Most airlines are more comfortable if you supply them with documentation regarding the batteries – called a Safety Data Sheet (or MSDS). You can access the Luggie safety sheets below.
The Documents you will need:
There are a range of documents that may be required by airlines for Li-ion batteries. Our staff can provide you with copies of the IATA and MSDS documents plus some sample letters from airlines outlining their requirements. You can also access these documents on-line once you have purchased a portable scooter by completing the Registration box on the right. You can then access them any time here.
WARNING: These documents are only available to bona-fide customers who have purchased a Luggie from an authorised dealer.
The tests mandated by IATA in Part III, 38.3 have been conducted for the Luggie batteries and are noted in the MSDS.
The updated IATA regulations from January 2016 have not changed the criteria for Luggie Li-ion batteries. 10.5 a/h is withing the 300 w/h limits.
Update 2018: Recent modifications to the regulations DO NOT change any of the requirements. We can provide you with IATA documentation that confirms the current 2018 regulations. Just ask our helpful staff.
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