Avoid Being “Powerless”: I3A Warns Holiday Air Travelers to Keep Lithium Batteries Out of Checked Bags
Hand Inspection of High-Speed Film Recommended; Digital Media Safe in Transit
Wakefield, Mass. December 14, 2009 — Air travelers will again encounter strict enforcement of regulations on flying with lithium batteries this holiday season, according to the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A; http://www.i3a.org), the leading global association for the imaging industry.
Loose lithium batteries – both the primary lithium digital camera batteries and the lithium-ion types that power laptop computers, plus some AA batteries — have been prohibited in U.S. checked baggage since January 1, 2008 due to their extreme flammability; elsewhere in the world, regulations may be even more stringent. I3A recommends transporting any spare lithium batteries in carry-on baggage only, for safety’s sake and to avoid possible confiscation of items from checked baggage. Additional pointers and information can be found on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Web site, http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/batteries.shtm.
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