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gman (george)28/06/2011 04:12:02
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hi guys.
ive been flying a lot in spain with my old man but always use his models.this year i was hoping to take my own small electric wing.
can i take lipos on a plane either as hand luggage or in the hold.any help please.
Phil 928/06/2011 07:32:42
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I took mine on a flight (in hand luggage) but did need to spend ages explaing what they where thogh as They showed on the x ray as four packs with wire coming out
 
John Payne28/06/2011 07:58:01
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Hi George. You should be OK with them but they must be in your hand luggage. No batteries should go in your luggage in the hold. Be prepared to explain what they are as Phil says. Don't forget that phones, laptops and the like have lipos in them, so the batteries should be no problem. Enjoy the holiday. Cheers, John.
Simon B28/06/2011 10:57:21
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Actually the ones in laptops and a lot of phones (although I believe the new iphone has a lipo) are Lithium Ion.
John Payne28/06/2011 12:27:03
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OK Simon, thanks for that, duly noted. Cheers, John.
Allan Bennett30/06/2011 12:10:25
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I've hand-carried new 2S 800mAh packs on flights, without any problems.
 
But be aware that there are international regulations about the quantity of "lithium equivalent", or something like that, that can be carried. So, don't be surprised if you're pulled up if you try to take a couple of large 6S packs, for instance.
gman (george)30/06/2011 14:16:22
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thanks for the info guys.ill only be taking a couple of packs..
Steve W-O30/06/2011 16:06:10
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Posted by John Payne on 28/06/2011 07:58:01:
Hi George. You should be OK with them but they must be in your hand luggage. No batteries should go in your luggage in the hold. Be prepared to explain what they are as Phil says. Don't forget that phones, laptops and the like have lipos in them, so the batteries should be no problem. Enjoy the holiday. Cheers, John.
 
I've searched for not putting any batteries in the hold, but can't find anything, would be grateful for any references, as I usually carry quite a few batteries in my luggage. As all my travels are to "third world countries", would rather not take chances.
Allan Bennett30/06/2011 19:44:50
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I don't know how "official" this site is, but it says LiPos not allowed in checked baggage http://safetravel.dot.gov/whats_new_batteries.html
Simon Chaddock30/06/2011 21:15:58
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Given that the vast majority of LiPo are made in China and quite a lot of commercial freight is carried by passenger flights I wonder if Lipos might already be in the hold.
Reg 130/06/2011 21:16:05
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HI George
The best thing to do is give the airline a ring thay will beable to tell you where to put your batteries !
REG

Steve W-O01/07/2011 05:16:51
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Posted by Allan Bennett on 30/06/2011 19:44:50:
I don't know how "official" this site is, but it says LiPos not allowed in checked baggage http://safetravel.dot.gov/whats_new_batteries.html
 
 
 
That says no lithium batteries in the hold, so it was a great help.
 
All the lithium batteries I have are relatively light, it is the AA and AAA that I normally pack in the suitcases.
 
Problem is that our second part of the journey only allows 5kg hand luggage, so in temperatures of at least 30C, you have to put a jacket on, and stuff the pockets with cameras, PDAs etc etc whilst checking in. Although we do try to put some hand luggage in the hold, as it is only a 1 1/2 hour flight.

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