You can no longer carry your phone or tablet in US checked luggage


It's been a requirement for many international flights already, but the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration has finally put a new Interim Final Rule in place that bans the transportation of lithium-ion batteries in passenger aircraft cargo. Not only that, but lithium-ion batteries transported on cargo planes are now required to have no more than a 30% charge, too.

Needless to say, it is all done in the interest of air travel safety, as one rogue thermal runaway from a faulty battery can set a whole plane on fire if the conditions are right. Thus, passengers will be required to carry phones, tablets, power banks and other battery-powered devices with them or in the carry-on luggage taken in the passenger compartment.

Back in 2017, the same restrictions were made in the form of a proposal by the FAA, but now with the Interim Final Rule it looks like every carrier and airport will have to follow the guidelines, so if you are used to carrying a spare phone or power bank in your checked luggage, those will now have to be taken with you. The ruling sounds bad for all those intriguing suitcases with built-in batteries, too.

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8 Comments

1. alanrock

Posts: 235; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

safety first ha...no problem with that.

2. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Are there any of those phone-in-suitcase things where the battery is not removable? The ones I'm aware of make a point of it.

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6439; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Come on Samsung. It's time to mainstream that awesome new battery tech that almost everyone knows about.

7. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

Which tech, the graphene batteries?

4. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 112; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

So thats what took down the amazon jet? Saddening.

5. matistight

Posts: 911; Member since: May 13, 2009

So the dumbasses around you will be the reason that your plane catches on fire. Nice

6. tangbunna

Posts: 441; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

how about electric bikes? the battery is more than 10kg, which is more than allowance carry-on weight. can we put in shirt pocket

8. rasta4ri

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 12, 2016

NiMH are more stable than Li Ion which charge and discharge faster making them unstable.

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