Holiday Season Reminder!
Larger Drone (and other) Lipo Batteries could bring down a plane. They contain a LOT of energy. Please – do not check luggage or cases with your drone batteries – either as regular checked baggage or as “gate check”. Doing so endangers life and property (including your own family).
The big NO in the right column of this chart says it all. You cannot check “spares” – meaning 2nd or loose batteries. It is legal (see the docs) to check a single battery installed in a consumer device.
However – keep this in mind. Many Drones are not “tested consumer devices” – and even an installed battery could be dangerous. My own preference (when I travel) is to either carry everything on or ship it ahead.
Your convenience and/or saving money is not as important as safety. These things are a matter of percentages – sooner or later (there are already records of drone battery fires on aircraft) an aircraft will be brought down.
Here is a basic link. Educate yourself about this matter and spread to other R/C hobbyists when possible. – http://bit.ly/1OO3Sub
I am posting this notice since I have recently read forum postings where pilots discuss gate checking their BIG Lipos….and no one mentions the safety aspect.
Enjoy the Holidays and Stay Safe.