AvSec removed more than 190,000 batteries from passengers’ carry-on and checked-in luggage in 2022. Make sure your batteries leave the airport with you, and check the restrictions before you travel.

All spare or loose batteries are prohibited from checked-in luggage


Any loose or spare batteries

Wireless ear buds / hearing aid chargers

Power banks

Power tool / drone batteries

Batteries are permitted in carry-on


Batteries must be protected by packaging or terminals covered.

Each person is allowed a total of 20 spare batteries.

Check-in and carry-on battery restrictions flyer [PDF 780 KB]

For more information on the restrictions, go to:

Lithium batteries
Power banks
Ear buds (wireless) /AirPods
Hearing aids
Dry-cell and nickel-metal hydride
Sealed lead acid


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