Guidelines for airline treatment of lithium battery-powered electronic devices in passenger baggage are issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). IATA’s current guidelines stipulate the following for portable electronic devices brought aboard a passenger aircraft as either checked or carry-on baggage:
- The device must have a watt-hour rating of less than or equal to 100Wh.
- The battery design must have been tested to a test standard referred to as “UN38.3.”
Following these rules, the board can be carried on with or without battery. The board cannot be checked unless battery is removed first. Spare batteries may be carried on.
Although IATA’s guidelines are widely adopted within the airline industry, each airline defines its own regulations. We highly suggest calling the airline prior to travel, especially if you plan to take your board on an international flight.
The optimal way to transport the board is to remove the battery box and battery, places them in your carry-on, and check the skateboard alone as luggage.
We have also had success bringing the the skateboard on as a carry-on and placed it in the overhead bins, in the coat closet, or in other available cabin space with the assistance of a flight attendant.