Baggage Ban on Lithium Batteries

Starting Jan 1st, you’d better leave those extra Lithium batteries at home if you’re going flying. A new rule that goes into effect on January 1st limits the number of extra Lithium batteries to two.

This creates a real dilemma for many of us. As I pack up for CES, I have three spare Laptop Batteries, 7 Camera Batteries, 4 Digital Recorder Batteries half a dozen batteries for still cameras and huge assortment of other batteries for all of the recording gear.

While I am a extreme traveler you are now going to have batteries taken away from you if you have more than two Lithium batteries in your carry-on luggage. They are forbidden in checked luggage.

I can see a lot of business going via Fedex because in a digital world, those of us that create digital media simply cannot travel without batteries for the gear. My cheapest batteries still cost $100.00 and they are required for my business. If I don’t have batteries I am quite simply out of business.

I am sure a lot of reporters headed to CES are going to lose millions of dollars in batteries if they are not aware of the new travel regulations. NYT


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Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.