The transportation of the devices powered by lithium and lithium-ion batteries

Lithium batteries are used in mobiles, laptops, electronic cigarettes and other electronic devices.

DO YOU KNOW THAT THEY ARE DANGEROUS?

If a lithium battery is damaged or short circuited it can start a fire.

DON’T PUT LITHIUM IN YOUR CHECKE BAGGAGE. Lithium and lithium-ion batteries shall be carried in carry-on luggage only.

Attention! For safety, electronic cigarettes are accepted for transportation ONLY in carry-on baggage. Transportation of electronic cigarettes in checked baggage is FORBIDDEN!

During the flight the batteries contained in devices such as laptop computers, cameras, mobile phones, etc. must be switched off/ Special measures shall be undertaken to ensure that such devices placed in checked baggage the batteries cannot be accidentally activated.

Vehicles powered by lithium or lithium-ion batteries are classified as dangerous goods and require special attention and adherence to special requirements for air transportation.

The samples of portable recreational or self-balancing vehicles powered by lithium or lithium-ion batteries

Baggage

Recently, more and more popular are such personal vehicles as self-balanced electronic devices that include: hoverboards, mini-segways, airwheels, solowheels, balance wheels, etc. The transportation of such devices that are powered by lithium or lithium-ion batteries is allowed by Belavia flight only upon prior confirmation by the Airline and with strict adherence to the following conditions:

  • the passenger shall have the passport of such personal vehicle or its technical description;
  • the battery shall be factory produced with a capacity not exceeding 160Wh/h;
  • the battery must be completely disconnected from the electrical device
  • the disconnected battery must be completely discharged, placed in a plastic bag and put into carry-on luggage to be carried in passenger cabin of aircraft;
  • the body of the device without a battery shall be placed in a protective cover and handed over for transportation as checked baggage or added to carry-on luggage to be carried in passenger cabin of aircraft (if the dimensions of the device not exceed the norms for carry-on luggage);
  • the total number of batteries carried by one passenger in carry-on luggage should not exceed 2 (two).

In the event of violation of the above requirements Belavia-Belarusian Airlines reserves the right to refuse the transportation or to remove from the transportation of the portable recreational or self-balancing vehicle and does not bear responsibility for its safety in this case.

The transportation of personal vehicles used under medical reasons or physical disabilities (wheelchairs or other similar devices for PRM) by Belavia aircraft is performed in baggage compartment only.

Belavia-Belarusian Airlines accepts for carriage on its flights only such electronic devices powered by lithium or lithium-ion batteries that are used due a medical or physical disability.

The samples of different types of wheelchairs for persons with reduced mobility

Baggage

  • Wheelchairs with manual drive
  • Wheelchairs with electrical drive
  • Sports wheelchairs

The transportation of all kinds of personal vehicles used under medical reasons or physical disabilities is performed under adherence of the following conditions:

  • it is necessary to agree with the Airline the conditions of such transportation and prepare the device in accordance with the Carrier’s instructions;
  • if such individual vehicle is powered by 1 (one) lithium or lithium-ion battery the capacity shall not exceed 300 Wh/h;
  • if such individual vehicle is powered by 2 (two) batteries the capacity of each shall not exceed 160 Wh/h;
  • additionally it is allowed the carriage of 2 spare batteries with capacity of not exceeding 160 Wh/h each or one spare battery with capacity not exceeding 300 Wh/h;
  • the battery must be completely disconnected from the electrical device
  • the disconnected battery must be completely discharged, placed in a plastic bag and put into carry-on luggage to be carried in passenger cabin of aircraft;
  • in case when the battery cannot be disconnected from the device it shall be switched off and the terminals are wound with an insulating tape.

REMEMBER! NO BATTERY MAY BE TAKEN FOR CARRIAGE IF THERE IS NO MARKING OF THE MANUFACTURER ON IT

The terminals of all spare batteries must be protected from short circuit by: enclosing them in their original retail packaging or taping over the terminals or separate plastic bags for each battery.

Whether a lithium battery can be carried by air or not depends on its configuration and either Watt-hour (Wh) rating (for rechargeable) or Lithium Content (LC) (for non-rechargeable).

Use the following table to determine if your battery is acceptable:

Watt-hour Rating (Wh) or Lithium Content Carry-on Baggage Checked Baggage Operator Approved
≤100 Wh (2 grams) In Equipment YES YES NO
≤100 Wh (2 grams) Spares YES (no limit) NO NO
>100≤160 Wh In Equipment YES YES YES
>100≤160 Wh Spares YES(max 2) NO YES
>160 Wh Must be presented and carried as Cargo in accordance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. Must be presented and carried as Cargo in accordance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. Must be presented and carried as Cargo in accordance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.

To convert Amp-hours (Ah) to Watt-hours (Wh) multiply Ah x Voltage

Examples of Lithium batteries

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Small Lithium Batteries and Cells include mobile phone batteries, watch batteries, MP3 player batteries and most original laptop batteries. The maximum rating for these batteries is 100 watt-hours (Wh).

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Medium Lithium batteries and cells include larger batteries and cells – examples include some extended life batteries for laptop computers, and batteries used by audiovisual professionals. A “medium” battery provides between 100 and 160 watt-hours of power.

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Large lithium batteries and cells are primary those used in industry. A large rechargeable battery provides over 160 watt-hours of power. Large batteries may be found in some electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as mobility devices and scooters.

Note: Other commercially available types of batteries such as Ni-Cad (nickel-cadmium), and alkaline can be carried safely in either checked or carry-on baggage provided they are adequately protected against short circuit.