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New Rules for Air Passengers with Lithium Ion Batteries

New Rules for Air Passengers with Lithium Ion Batteries

by , 4:00 PM EST, January 3rd, 2008

Effective January 1, 2008, the US Department of Transportation has imposed new regulations on lithium ion batteries for air passengers in both carry-on and checked baggage.

The most important change is that spare lithium batteries, not installed in a device and over a certain size, may not go into checked baggage. Also, the number of spare batteries carried on board is limited by the total lithium equivalent in grams.

A complete description of the new regulations along with a chart summarizing the rules is at the safetravel section of the the Website. With so many people descending on Macworld very soon with their computers and cameras, this might be a good time to review the new DOT regulations.

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