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Published   2016-8-31

Lithium Battery Transportation Safety

Lithium Battery Transportation Safety

Instructions for Lithium Battery Transportation Safety

  1. Allowed lithium batteries: lithium batteries of lower than 100 Wh for laptops, mobile phones and cameras among other personal portable electronic devices are allowed as carry-on baggage or spare batteries into the cabin.
  2. Restricted lithium batteries: With the approval from the airline, Passengers can carry electronic devices with lithium batteries of higher than (including) 100Wh but lower than 160Wh. Each passenger can carry up to two spare lithium batteries and the battery cannot be transported as Checked Baggage.
  3. Prohibited lithium batteries: Lithium batteries higher than 160Wh or electronic devices with lithium batteries higher than 160Wh are prohibited from carriage (excluding a wheelchair with lithium batteries).
  4. Protective measures for lithium batteries: Each backup battery must be well protected to prevent short circuits (by placing the battery into the original packaging or in other ways to achieve electrode insulation, such as taping the exposed electrodes, or placing each battery into separate plastic bags or protective cases).
  5. Lithium batteries must be of a type that meet the requirements of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, Part III, subsection 38.3.
 
Requirement for Lithium Battery Transportation Safety
  Limited rated power or lithium battery capacity Baggage type Limit on quantity Approver Protective measure Notice the aircraft commander
Personal consumer devices ≤100Wh or ≤2g Checked baggage, hand-carried or carry-on batteries -- -- Prevent accidental startup  
100Wh-160Wh -- Approved by the operator  
Backup batteries for personal consumer devices ≤100Wh or ≤2g Hand-carried or carry-on batteries -- Separated protection  
100Wh-160Wh Two pieces per passenger Approved by the operator  
Portable electronic medical appliances ≤160Wh or ≤8g Checked baggage, hand-carried or carry-on batteries -- Approved by the operator Prevent accidental startup  
Backup batteries for portable electronic medical appliances Hand-carried or carry-on batteries Two pieces per passenger Separated protection  
Electrically powered wheelchairs or walk-aiding tools Undetachable batteries -- Checked baggage -- Notice the operator in advance for arrangement Battery cut-off, battery short circuit, and battery damage Notice the aircraft commander
Detachable batteries ≤300Wh Batteries should be detached and carried in hand
Backup batteries for electrically powered wheelchairs or walk-aiding tools ≤160Wh Hand-carried Two pieces per passenger battery short circuit, and battery damage 
≤300Wh One piece per passenger
 
※The quantity of batteries required should be reasonably enough for devices used by passengers and crewmen during the flight.