New DOT Battery Rules

Think twice before stashing those lithium batteries in your luggage

Laptops, cellphones, cameras, two-way radios, PDAs, iPods, camcorders: Most of these consumer electronics are powered by lightweight, rechargeable lithium batteries. The batteries are the subject of new U.S. Department of Transportation rules that went into effect January 1.

Briefly, most lithium batteries are allowed on flights when installed in electronic devices. However, spare batteries are no longer allowed in checked baggage but can be placed in carry-on bags if packed properly.

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