Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 26, 2021 20:14:33 GMT 12
A friend of mine flew with his family from Auckland to Christchurch over the Christmas break, and he said on their attempt to leave Christchurch to fly home, everybody attempting to board the plane were held up by security who were checking through loads of bags, slowing the line down so much that most were late for the gate time. He was told they were looking for AAA batteries which were now considered a threat, if they were left inside a device. They had to be in a plastic bag separately, he was told.
He says, "This is where it's stupid, she said it was if they were in a device, but in my case the 2 batteries had fallen out of the device. I asked her what had changed to make AAA a threat, and she said she didn't know."
Has anyone else heard of this? Is this just for passengers on the A320's or is everyone getting this treatment at Christchurch now?
Lithium rechargeable batteries can cause spontaneous combustion under certain circumstances, hence partly discharged one's in Army Radios weren't carried by RNZAF aircraft. But not sure that AAA batteries would be of concern
Post by bazzaboeing on Feb 5, 2021 13:41:43 GMT 12
A new law banning batteries from being packed in checked-in luggage will come into effect on January 1.
The new restrictions are due to changes made to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) dangerous goods regulations.
The changes apply to all loose or spare batteries, including batteries in their original retail packaging.
Travellers who need to take batteries with them on their journey are advised to put them in their carry-on baggage instead.
Passengers may take up to 20 loose or spare batteries of any type (including AAA, AA, C cell, D cell and 9-Volt) in carry-on baggage, however airlines can approve a larger number of batteries to be carried.
Loose or spare batteries in carry-on luggage must be protected by being in their original retail packaging, or an individual bag or protective pouch for each battery, or with tape placed over exposed terminals.
Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 21, 2021 7:53:33 GMT 12
It is interesting that they can open your suitcase nowadays without you being present.
When I flew to Christchurch and back the other week no-one said a word about batteries (all my spares were however separated and in their own plastic bags in my hand luggage, as they demand now on the website). The only thing I saw was this sign in the check-in area which strangely does not mention the batteries being separated and wrapped in their own bags.
Post by Peter Lewis on Feb 21, 2021 16:14:07 GMT 12
I generally carry my spare camera batteries in a see-thru plastic pouch. Each battery comes with a clip-on plastic cover. My standard practice is to take the cover off, use the battery in the camera, and when it is exhausted put it back in the pouch but leave the cover off. That way I know which batteries are charged and which batteries are flat.
Coming back from Wellington two weeks ago I was pulled up at the security check. Apparently the Xray had picked up one battery in that pouch that did not have its cover on. I had to take it out, put the cover on, and then replace it back into the bag.