Travellers to the USA are adapting to new regulations which further restrict the nature of items permitted to be brought onto flights. While hand luggage restrictions are often subject to change for security reasons, the US Department of Transport(DOT) has issued a new set of rules which are tough on what can be transported in the hold – involving new limits that will affect laptop batteries.
Batteries containing lithium are now not permitted to be carried in bags checked into the hold, while strictly limited amounts are allowed in hand luggage for travellers to the US. Batteries with eight grams of lithium or less can be taken in carry-on bags, while passengers are not allowed to exceed two spare batteries with an aggregate equivalent lithium content of 25 grams – meaning that no more than two spare laptop batteries can be brought to the US. The new rules, which came into effect on January 1st 2008, also offer recommendations for the transport of electronic gadgets, urging passengers to ensure that the off switch on electronic items is taped in the off position, to avoid objects being activated during the flight.
Travellers to US locations from the UK’s BAA-operated airports have been greeted with news that strikes planned for coming weeks have been called off, easing doubts that flights may have to be cancelled should industrial action take place.