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Lithium batteries / devices

Electronic devices powered by lithium batteries

Concerning ionic lithium batteries for electronic portable devices (including electronic medical devices), power in Watt hours between around 100 Wh and 160 Wh. Concerning portable electronic medical devices only, metal lithium batteries whose metal lithium content is between around 2 g and 8 g. Devices in hold baggage must be completely switched off and protected against damage.

 

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Portable electronic devices containing spillable rechargeable batteries

Portable electronic devices containing a spillable battery carried in hold baggage or cabin baggage. A maximum of two spare spillable batteries can also be carried.
The following requirements apply:


(a) The voltage of each battery must not exceed 12 V and the power in Watt hours must not exceed 100 Wh;

(b) Devices must be protected so as not to be inadvertently activated, or the battery must be unplugged and its terminals must be insulated;


(c) The terminals of each spare battery must be insulated so as to ensure protection against short-circuiting.
 

 

 

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Electric weapons 

Electric weapons (tasers for example) containing hazardous elements such as explosives, compressed gases, lithium batteries, etc. are prohibited in cabin or hold baggage or for carrying on the person.

 

 

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Baggage with built-in lithium batteries

- Non removable batteries. Batteries must not exceed 0.3 g of metal lithium or 2.7 Wh of ionic lithium;
- Removable batteries. Batteries must be removed if baggage needs to be checked in. Removed batteries must be carried in the cabin.

 

 

 

 

 

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Baggage with non-removable built-in lithium batteries

Baggage with non-removable built-in lithium batteries exceeding 0.3 g of metal lithium or 2.7 Wh.  

 

 

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Lithium batteries: Safety equipment equipped with lithium batteries

Safety equipment such as security briefcases, boxes or purses for the carriage of ready cash containing hazardous goods, for example lithium batteries or pyrotechnic material, may be carried in the hold only if they satisfy the following stipulations:


(a) Equipment must be equipped with an effective means of avoiding any accidental activation;


(b) If the equipment contains an explosive or pyrotechnic material or an explosive object, the item or the substance must be excluded from class 1 by the competent State national authority.


(c) If the equipment contains cells or lithium batteries, these cells or batteries must comply with the following restrictions:
1. Concerning a metal lithium cell, a quantity of lithium not exceeding 1g;
2. Concerning a metal lithium battery, a quantity of lithium not exceeding 2g;
3. Concerning ion lithium cells, power in Watt hours must not exceed 20 Wh;
4. Concerning ion lithium batteries, power in Watt hours must not exceed 100 Wh;
5. Each cell or battery must be of a type meeting the stipulations of every test under subsection 5 of part III of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria;


(d) If the equipment contains gas that expels colorants or ink, only gas cartridges and small receptacles containing gas whose capacity does not exceed 50 ml and that do not contain ingredients subject to the present Regulations other than a gas of class 2.2 are authorized. The discharging of gas must not cause members of the crew discomfort or inconvenience to the extent that they are unable to perform their tasks satisfactorily. In the event of accidental discharging, all hazardous effects must remain confined to the interior of the equipment and must not produce any loud noises;
(e) Any defective or damaged safety equipment will be barred from carriage.

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Lithium batteries: Portable electronic devices containing metal lithium or ionic lithium cells or batteries.

For the purposes of the present Regulations, an electronic device supplied by lithium batteries designates any piece of equipment or device for which lithium cells or batteries supply the electrical power that allows it to function. These devices (AEP), which may include medical devices such as portable oxygen concentrators and consumer electronic devices such as cameras, cell phones, laptops, and tablets containing batteries when they are carried by passengers or crew members for personal use, must be carried in cabin baggage. If devices are carried in checked-in baggage: 


(a) Measures must be taken to avoid any damage to the device and to avoid any non-intentional activation;


(b) The device must be completely switched off (not in snooze or energy saving mode).


Spare batteries must be individually protected to prevent short-circuiting. They must be placed in their original packaging or be protected by insulating the terminals (for example by covering the exposed terminals with adhesive tape or placing each battery in a plastic bag or a separate protective sleeve) and carried in cabin baggage only. Each person is limited to a maximum of 5 spare batteries.
Moreover, lithium batteries are subject to the following conditions:


(a) Each installed or spare battery must not exceed:
1. Concerning metal lithium or lithium alloy batteries, a quantity of lithium not exceeding 2 g; or
2. Concerning ion lithium batteries, power in Watt hours not surpassing 100 Wh.


(b) Batteries and cells must be of a type meeting the stipulations of subsection 38.3 of part III of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria;


(c) Each person is limited to a maximum of 5 portable electronic devices.


(d) Items containing metal lithium or ionic lithium cells or batteries, whose main function is to supply another device, for example external batteries, are permitted only in cabin baggage. These items must be protected individually to prevent short-circuiting by being placed in their original packaging or by insulating the terminals, for example by covering the exposed terminals with adhesive tape or placing each battery in a plastic bag or a separate protective sleeve.


(e) Electronic cigarettes containing lithium batteries are permitted in cabin baggage only.


(f) Baggage equipped with a lithium battery whose metal lithium content exceeds 0.3 g or 2.7 Wh:
1. If the baggage needs to be checked in, the lithium battery must be removed and carried in the cabin; or
2. The baggage must be carried in the cabin;
3. Baggage whose lithium battery exceeds the limits indicated in (f) and cannot be removed is barred from carriage.

 

Note: In order to avoid any damage, we recommend that you carry your portable electronic devices in the cabin.

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Spare batteries, including metal lithium or ionic lithium cells or batteries

Spare batteries, including metal lithium or ionic lithium cells or batteries for portable electronic devices must be carried in cabin baggage only. As concerns metal lithium batteries, the metal lithium content must not exceed 2g and, in the case of ionic lithium batteries, the power in Watt hours must not exceed 100 Wh. Items known as external batteries are considered to be spare batteries. These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short-circuiting. Each person is limited to a maximum of 5 spare batteries.

 

 

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Spare lithium batteries 

Spare lithium batteries whose energy charge is comprised between 100 Wh and 160 Wh for consumer electronic devices and portable electronic medical devices whose metal lithium content is comprised between 2 g and 8 g for portable electronic medical devices only. A maximum of two spare batteries is permitted in cabin baggage only. These batteries must be individually protected to prevent short-circuiting.

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Electronic cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes, including electronic cigars and other personal vaporizers containing batteries, when carried by passengers or crew members for personal purposes, are accepted in cabin baggage only. It is not permitted to recharge these devices onboard airplanes, and passengers and crew members must take measures to prevent any accidental activation. Batteries that are removed must be protected against short-circuiting (by being placed in the original retail packaging or by insulating the terminals, for example by covering the exposed terminals with adhesive tape or placing each battery in a plastic bag or a separate protective sleeve). Moreover, lithium batteries are subject to the following conditions:


(a) Each installed or spare battery must not exceed: 
1. Concerning metal lithium or lithium alloy batteries, a lithium content of maximum 2 g; or
2. Concerning ion lithium batteries, power in Watt hours not exceeding 100 Wh. 


(b) Batteries and cells must be of a type meeting the requirements of subsection 38.3, part III of the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria;

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