originally posted by: vnski
CPD said it were probably cell battery or charger. which violate TSA policy in checked bags, so cell battery and charger should go in carry on?
what about same with laptop?
wonder will passenger be fined?
it's pretty common knowledge that batteries are not allowed in checked luggage. and must
be in your carry on. not so well known is there are
also limits on how powerful a battery may be to even be allowed on an aircraft at all. as well as limits on how many batteries you may have. many
modern rechargeable batteries are fire hazards, especially those found in electronics such as cellphones and computers, as well as electric car
batteries. for many of them all it takes to cause a fire or explosion is to overheat, such as a short circuit or overcharging. as well as being broken
(such as when run over), exposing the insides to the air and/or water. people might not remember, since so many people have such short memories (like
just what i s in the currant news cycle), but not all that long ago there was a valid concern that NO cellphones, tablets, or laptop computers, or
anything else using rechargeable batteries such as most cameras, would be allowed on passenger aircraft at all
. this was after the Samsung Galaxy
note 7 i believe it was, caught fire or at least started smoking on an aircraft. this did in fact cause pretty much every airline to ban at least that
phone, if not every Samsung phone. and there was talk at that time of banning everything else with rechargeable batteries at that time.
if anyone has paid attention there have been many, many reports o f things like cellphones catching fire or exploding. one such report was some idiot
actually biting the battery (why someone would do that i don't know). many doing the same in people's pockets. or catching fire, smoking or exploding
while charging. and even a few on aircraft doing things such as smoking, or on fire in aircraft. not to mention all the Tesla cars that have had
battery fires, (seems Tesla has fire issues, their cars and their solar panels both are fire hazards). heck a cheap cellphone i bought last year
actually had an overheat warning system due to this. the fact is the more powerful our devices become, thus having more powerful batteries, the more
risk of fire and explosions of their batteries seems to be.
and guess what. they also at least recommend ALL electronics be carried in your carry on
. although that is more due to theft and damage from
the typical luggage mishandling from those involved in the baggage handling. but also due to safety concerns. one of the funniest things i have ever
taken on an aircraft was a computer joystick. every single security check, had to check it out
. and that made sense when i saw it on the x-ray.
what does a joystick look like? a solid cylindrical, and long object with many wires going to it (solid bar shaft for the handgrip, and wires for
firing buttons). seriously it looks like it could be an explosive device. the other half of the fun. never play an aircraft simulator on an aircraft.
i was getting some awfully scared looks from people who seemed to think i was taking over the aircraft. on one flight i was told by the flight
attendant i had to stop playing because i was scaring the passengers. and the truth is lots of electronics devices can be confused for explosive
devices due to al the wires and solid spots. this is why you almost always have to take laptops and sometimes cellphones and tablets out so they can
be scanned separately. batteries and hard drives tend to show as solid devices just as explosive substances like C-4 would show. and i'm not sure how
it is right now, but not too long ago you had to be sure that the batteries in laptops and tablets/phones had to be charged, so that they could "test"
the item to make sure it actually functioned, and was not a bomb. the same reason they randomly swab computers for explosives. because the truth is
you could easily make a bomb that looks like a computer or other electronic device. another fun one is putting a bowling ball in your suitcase, you
are pretty much guaranteed that your luggage will get back to you with a "we searched your luggage"
card in it. as they have swabbed the
bowling ball for explosives and drugs.
heck in some places you are not even allowed to have a normal bic type cigarette lighter on an airplane. i have had them taken away. and any "torch"
type lighter is almost always a big no, no. seriously you need to check both your airline and countries you are flying to and from for what is
allowable on aircraft. and what is allowed in carry on, or in cargo. heck even in the country (even if you never leave the airport). i ran into a
problem with an umbrella that had a very plastic looking "sword hilt" for a handle. i had to pay over $50 (and they don't take cash, only credit
card), to put it in the general cargo after getting off an airplane in Japan. as soon as i got to the security check to let me from the airplane, to
the terminal for my next flight, i was immediately pulled aside even before the actual check because of it. (speaking of which it has always struck me
as odd that you have to go through security checks after getting OFF an aircraft). since Japan apparently has laws against anything that even remotely
looks like, or is styled like any weapon (too bad all the signs are in Kangi that almost no non Japanese person can read) being had. not sure if just
the airport, or the country. in some places, even a pocket knife (in checked luggage), is illegal to have IN their country. again, even if you are
just on a layover. prescription and even over the counter drugs in one country, might be illegal in another country, and get you nailed for "drug
possession", or "drug smuggling"
, (and i'm not talking about pot. a very popular thing to have happen crossing the American/Canadian border). some
place a Bible is illegal
. if you fly to or through some countries religious jewelry such as a star of david or a cross is illegal
have wear/be seen. same with some things written or drawn on clothing. in Japan it is illegal to have anything that is a knock off, copy, or
, due to their strict copyright laws. heck, there is apparently even at least one country, where bringing in a plastic bag, is
and it goes without saying that breaking any of these rules or laws could get you fined, or even imprisoned. be it airline policies, or country's laws
you are breaking. and that includes even if said country is just a layover or change of aircraft.