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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

United Nations Agency Bans Bringing Spare Lithium-Ion Batteries on Airplanes!

Starting April 1, lithium-ion batteries will be restricted in your plane travel especially bringing spare or more of them. Lithium Ion batteries are found in mobile phones and laptops, portable computers and other electronic gadgets. 

|The U.N. aviation agency on Monday prohibited transporting of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, following concerns by pilots and plane makers that they are a fire risk. Lithium metal batteries, which are used in watches, have already been banned on passenger planes globally. Lithium metal batteries, used in watches, are not rechargable while lithium-ion batteries, used in cell phones and laptops, can be recharged. 
Reuters report that the International Civil Aviation Organization's 36-state governing council said the prohibition would be in effect as of April 1, and would be maintained until a new fire-resistant packaging standard is designed to transport the batteries. Lithium-ion batteries can still be transported on cargo planes.|

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You can bring on your carry on baggage mobile phones and gadgets like MP4's MP3's and tablets as well as other electronic devices less than 100Wh or Watt Hour BUT YOU CANNOT BRING IN CHECKED BAGGAGE EXTRA OR SPARE as per IATA guidelines

You can also  bring medium Lithium batteries like extra battery for laptops, computers, powerbanks, and other electronic devices batteries that are more than 100Wh and not more than 160Wh. Again, YOU CANNOT BRING IN CHECKED BAGGAGE EXTRA OR SPARE as per IATA guidelines
"Power bank must only be carried in hand luggage or carried around. It is not allowed to carry power banks in checked luggage. 3. If the rated power is less than 100WH, power banks can be carried without approval; power banks with the power between 100WH and 160WH can be carried after approval of air carrier."