Passengers travelling on aircrafts

Even as „normal“ passenger you are subject to restrictions regarding the carriage of lithium batteries in your baggage. The operators point out these restrictions insuf-ficiently. That´s why we have combined these restrictions for you in a clear list structure.

Important Notice: This overview refers exclusively to lithium batteries. Of course there are restrictions for other dangerous goods like aerosols and alcohol to be obeyed also. The complete overview about dangerous goods allowed in passenger baggage can be found under the following link on the IATA website:
https://www.iata.org/contentassets/6fea26dd84d24b26a7a1fd5788561d6e/dgr-62-en-2.3a.pdf

Generally passengers have the option to carry dangerous goods

  • in or as carry-on baggage (the baggage that you take into the cabin) or
  • on one´s person (see e.g. lighters) or
  • in or as checked baggage (the baggage that you hand over at when checking in).

Lithium cells and batteries that are allowed as carry-on baggage are also allowed on one´s person.

For certain lithium cells / batteries or equipment with such cells / batteries installed, you have to obtain prior approval from the operator.

 

Overview Lithium Batteries in Passenger Baggage

No. Description of the equipment / batteries Requirements/
Conditions
Reference in the
IATA DGR
Carry-on
baggage
Checked
baggage
Prior approval of the operator required?
1 Portable electronic devices (including medical devices) such as watches, calculating machines, cameras, cellular phones, laptop computers, camcorders, etc. for personal use

Notes:
Powerbanks are listed under No. 3.
E-cigarettes are listed under No. 7.

a) Lithium Metal Batteries not exceeding 2g Lithium content

b) Lithium Ion Batteries not exceeding a Watt-hour rating of 100 Wh

c) UN Test 38.3 must have been passed successfully (resp. obtain certificate from the manu-facturer. See also the Section UN Test 38.3 on this website for more infos on this topic.)

d) Equipment in checked baggage must be secured against unintentinal activation. It must be completely switched off and secured against damage.

e) Only max. 15 such devices may be carried by each passenger. A higher number can be approved by the operator.
2.3.5.8 gruener_haken gruener_haken NO
2 Spare batteries for the portable electronic devices of List Point 1 a) Lithium Metal Batteries not exceeding 2g Lithium content

b) Lithium Ionen Batteries not exceeding a Watt-hour rating of 100 Wh

c) UN Test 38.3 must have been passed successfully (resp. obtain certificate from the manufacturer. See also the Section UN Test 38.3 on this website for more infos on this topic.)

d) Batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits e.g. by taping over exposed terminals, by placing each battery into a separate plastic bag/protective pouch or by placement in the original retail packaging.

e) Only max. 20 spare batteries per passenger may be carried. Higher numbers may be approved by the operator. Powerbanks described under Point 3 need to be counted in also.
2.3.5.8 gruener_haken stop NO
3 Powerbanks, i.e.
articles containing lithium metal or lithium ion cells or lithium metal or lithium ion batteries, the primary purpose of which is to provide power to another device.

These articles are to be considered as spare batteries.
a) Lithium Metal Cells/ Batteries not exceeding 2g Lithium content

b) Lithium Ionen Cells/ Batteries not exceeding a Watt-hour rating of 100 Wh

c) UN Test 38.3 must have been passed successfully (resp. obtain certificate from the manufacturer. See also the Section UN Test 38.3 on this website for more infos on this topic.)

d) Cells/Batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits e.g. by taping over exposed terminals, by placing each cell/battery into a separate plastic bag/protective pouch or by placement in the original retail packaging.

e) Regarding the max. number per passenger see list point 2 e).

2.3.5.8.3 (d)
gruener_haken stop NO
4 Baggage equipped with lithium cells (including lithium button cells) resp. lithium batteries
that cannot be removed.
a) Lithium metal cells (including button cells) resp. lithium metal batteries up to 0,3 g lithium content

b) Lithium ion cells (including lithium button cells) resp. lithium ion batteries with a Watt-hour rating of max 2,7 Wh

b) UN Test 38.3 must have been passed successfully (resp. obtain certificate from the manufacturer. See also the Section UN Test 38.3 on this website for more infos on this topic.)

2.3.5.8.3 (f)
gruener_haken gruener_haken NO
5 Baggage equipped with lithium batteries
which can be removed
a) Lithium metal batteries with max. 2g lithium content

b) Lithium ion batteries with max 100 Watt-hour rating (Wh)

b) UN Test 38.3 must have been passed successfully (resp. obtain certificate from the manufacturer. See also the Section UN Test 38.3 on this website for more infos on this topic.)

d) Lithium batteries must be removed and carried in carry-on baggage.

Spare batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits e.g. by taping over exposed terminals, by placing each battery into a separate plastic bag/protective pouch or by placement in the original retail packaging.
2.3.5.8.3 (f) gruener_haken stop NO
6 Electronic cigarettes containing lithium batteries including e-cigarettes, e-pipes and other personal vaporizers

The liquids contained in such vaporizers and receptacles with spare liquids are only allowed in checked baggage or carry-on baggage if they are not classified as dangerous goods. Information hereto can be obtained from the material safety data sheets of the liquids.
a) Lithium metal batteries not exceeding 2g Lithium content

b) Lithium ion batteries not exceeding a Watt-hour rating of 100 Wh

c) UN Test 38.3 must have been passed successfully (resp. obtain certificate from the manufacturer. See also the Section UN Test 38.3 on this website for more infos on this topic.)

d) The devices must not be charged on board.

e) Measures must be taken to prevent against unintentinal activation.

f) Spare batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits e.g. by taping over exposed terminals, by placing each battery into a separate plastic bag/protective pouch or by placement in the original retail packaging.
2.3.5.15
gruener_haken stop NO
7 Lighters for cigarettes with installed lithium ion or lithium metal cells resp. lithium ion or lithium metal batteries
(e.g. laser plasma lighters, tesla coil lighters, flux lighters, arc lighters and double arc lighters)
Safety cap or means of protection against unintentional activation required. 2.3.5.5
 allowed on one's person NO
8 Portable Medical Electronic Devices like Automated External Defibrillators (AED), Nebulizers, Continous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) etc.

For spare batteries to these devices see List Point 10.

When within the limits stated in List Point 1 the carriage is allowed under the conditions described in List Point 1.
a) Lithium Metal Batteries with more than 2g and not exceeding  8 g Lithium content

b) Lithium Ion Batteries with more than 100 Wh and not exceeding a Watt-Hour Rating of 160 Wh

c) UN Test 38.3 must have been passed successfully (resp. obtain certificate from the manufacturer. See also the Section UN Test 38.3 on this website for more infos on this topic.)

d) Equipment in checked baggage must be completely switched off and secured against damage.
2.3.4.7 (a)
gruener_haken gruener_haken YES
9 Spare batteries for the articles described in List Point 9 a) Lithium metal batteries with more than 2g and not exceeding 8g Lithium content

b) Lithium ion batteries with more than 100 Wh and not exceeding a Watt-Hour Rating of 160 Wh

c) UN Test 38.3 must have been passed successfully (resp. obtain certificate from the manufacturer. See also the Section UN Test 38.3 on this website for more infos on this topic.)

d) A maximum of 2 spare batteries per person

e) Spare batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits e.g. by taping over exposed terminals, by placing each cell/battery into a separate plastic bag/protective pouch or by placement in the original retail packaging.
2.3.3.2.(a)
gruener_haken stop YES
10 Portable electronic devices like cameras, laptops, camcorder with installed lithium ion batteries with more than 100 Wh but not exceeding 160 Wh a) Lithium ion batteries with a Watt-Hour Rating of more than 100 Wh but not exceeding 160 Wh

b) UN Test 38.3 must have been passed successfully (resp. obtain certificate from the manufacturer. See also the Section UN Test 38.3 on this website for more infos on this topic.)

c) If devices are carried in checked baggage each device must be completely switched off (not in sleep or hibernation mode) and measures must be taken to protect the device from damage and to prevent unintentional activation.
2.3.4.7 (b)
gruener_haken gruener_haken YES
11 Spare batteries for the devices described under List Point 8 with installed lithium ion batteries with more than 100 Wh but not more than 160 Wh a) Lithium Ion Batteries with a Watt-Hour Rating of more than 100 Wh but not exceeding 160 Wh

b) UN Test 38.3 must have been passed successfully (resp. obtain certificate from the manufacturer. See also the Section UN Test 38.3 on this website for more infos on this topic.)

c) A maximum of 2 spare batteries per person.

d) Spare batteries must be individually protected to prevent short circuits e.g. by taping over exposed terminals, by placing each battery into a separate plastic bag / protective pouch or by placement in the original retail packaging.
2.3.3.2(b) gruener_haken stop YES
12 Wheelchairs or other similar battery-powered mobility aids a) When the device is powered by one single battery and this battery can be removed, it must not exceed a Watt-Hour Rating of 300 Wh.
When the device is powered by two batteries that can be removed, each battery must not exceed a Watt-Hour Rating of 160 Wh.

b) A maximum of 1 spare battery not exceeding 300 Wh or a maximum of 2 spare batteries not exceeding 160 Wh.

c) UN Test 38.3 must have been passed successfully (resp. obtain certificate from the manufacturer. See also the Section UN Test 38.3 on this website for more infos on this topic.)

d) When the battery/ batteries can be removed (wheelchair or mobility aid specifically designed for that), it/they must be removed. Each removed battery must then be protected from short circuit and damage (e.g. by a protective pouch) and carried in the passenger cabin.

e) For loading there are special instructions by the airlines to be followed, e.g. the pilot-in-command must be informed of the location
2.3.2.4 stop gruener_haken YES
13 Security-Type Equipment such as attaché cases, cash boxes, cash bags, etc. a) Equipped with effective means to prevent accidental.

b) Lithium Metal Cell not exceeding 1g Lithium

c) Lithium Metal Battery not exceeding 2g Lithium

d) Lithium Ion Cell with a Watt-Hour Rating not exceeding 20 Wh

e) Lithium Ion Battery with a Watt-Hour Rating not exceeding 100 Wh

f) UN Test 38.3 must have been passed successfully (resp. obtain certificate from the manufacturer. See also the Section UN Test 38.3 on this website for more infos on this topic.)

g) When there are any pyrotechnic substances or gas cartridges included, there are special requirements to be fulfilled.
2.3.2.6  stop  gruener_haken YES
14 Other security-type equipment such as attaché cases, cash boxes, cash bags, etc.   2.3.1.1  stop  stop  
15 Electro shock weapons   2.3.1.4  stop  stop NO
16 Cardiac Pacemaker, implanted into a person or fitted externally powered by lithium batteries   2.3.5.4  allowed on one's person NO