Batteries are used to charge most of our portable electronic devices and pose a unique hazard when flying as they are capable of causing a fire if not transported correctly.
This happened in 2014 in Melbourne when undeclared lithium batteries were packed into a passenger’s checked bag and short-circuited, igniting a fire in the aircraft’s cargo hold before passengers boarded a flight to Fiji.
Spare batteries, regardless of size, must be in your carry-on luggage. You also need to take precautions to protect the batteries against short-circuiting and overheating.
The only time batteries can be in your checked-in luggage is when they are installed in your device. But make sure your device can’t be accidentally activated once it is packed.
It you want to take more powerful batteries—above 100 watt-hours—check with your airline before you fly. If you have any doubts about the batteries you are carrying, always check with the airline or airline staff.
CASA has produced a variety of safety materials to help you make sure your luggage is safe. Watch the travelling safely with lithium batteries video, download the Can I pack that? dangerous goods app and find out more information at www.casa.gov.au/dg