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Carrying Portable Devices on Planes? Read this!

New TSA rules go into effect tomorrow (1/1/2008) prohibiting you from checking loose litium-ion batteries in your luggage. These are typically your spares – the ones that are actually installed in devices like your camera or phone are no problem. But if you’re like me, you’ve always got a spare camera battery charged in case you take too many pics between charging. In that case, you will be allowed to bring 2 loose batteries aboard in your carry-on items. Like the rule with liquids and gels, they must be in clear plastic baggies.
I don’t think this is terrorism related although you never can tell any more. It makes sense that in the right conditions these loose batteries could become an ignition source. The article I linked to cites an AP report about a fire on a flight that may have been sparked by a loose battery. I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Read More -> New security rules for batteries on planes | Tech news blog – CNET

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