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U.S. DOT Carry-on Provisions for Airline Passengers Traveling with Lithium Batteries

Information regarding the U.S. Department of Transportation’s regulations that apply to passengers traveling with lithium ion and lithium metal batteries is provided below. These “carry-on” provisions prohibit passengers from placing spare (loose) lithium ion and lithium metal batteries in checked baggage. Some lithium ion and lithium metal batteries may be placed in carry-on baggage provided the batteries meet certain conditions and passengers follow certain requirements. More information on these conditions and requirements are provided below. Please note, nearly all consumer-type lithium ion and lithium metal batteries meet the conditions noted in the information provided below.

FAA Guidance on Hazardous Materials and Lithium Batteries: http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/hazmat_safety/