Vacation turns out to be an excellent opportunity to use your electronics from home. But only this year, the US government banned lithium-ion batteries from controlled bags. So, how are you going to pack your laptop?
This is not just a matter of TSA compliance. this is a matter of convenience. If you plan to bring a lot of great electronics on your next vacation, you need to be able to organize them in your carry case. Otherwise, your flight will be even more annoying.
You have to pack electronics in a carrying case
Lithium ion batteries are a relatively stable power source. But if you succeed in puncturing or overheating a Li-ion battery, it will burst into flames. US DOT knows that this is a safety risk for aircraft and has banned lithium-ion batteries from the cargo area for all passenger flights.
This is not just a precaution against bombs and mediated Li-ion fires. Remember when Samsung phones blew up in people's pockets? Yes, it turns out that a faulty or damaged Li-ion battery can be accidentally ignited. And the dark, moving cargo area on an airplane is probably the last place you want to start a fire.
What does this mean for you? Well, you have to bring all your Li-ion electronics into a carrying case (or pocket). With phones or tablets, it's not that much. But it can be a big hassle if you are trying to bring a laptop, a Bluetooth speaker, portable batteries or other great Li-Ion electronics on your flight.
In general, you can carry as many lithium-ion batteries as you like in your carrying case. Some airlines have their own limitations, but if you only bring a handful of devices, you probably don't have too much to worry about.
Respect the course, even if it is not executed
Remember how I told you that lithium-ion batteries are banned from the cargo area for passenger flights? I did not lie, but the Federal Aviation Authority does not complete this ban yet.
According to the FAA, units containing lithium ion batteries should be "stored in luggage." But if you ignore banning and packing these electronics in checked baggage, then "they must be completely shut off, protected from accidental activation and packaging, so that they are protected from damage."
So, you can technically pack your bags but you want. But I strongly recommend that you treat the ban as if it were law. The government is a messy, bureaucratic activity. Just because the FAA deals with this prohibition as being a proposal does not mean that your local TSA agents know the same way. Plus, your electronics are safer in carrying luggage anyway.
How to pack TSA Checkpoint
If you like it or not, TSA is your biggest lithium ion barrier before the flight. Do you know how TSA requires you to put your shoes and bags in a plastic bag? Well, you should also remove any electronics larger than a mobile from your bag. You then place these electronics in separate layers, as they cannot be stacked on top of each other.
This is not the biggest hassle on the planet, as long as your bag is properly organized. If you use a backpack or a small suitcase, try packing your clothes against the bottom and your electronics towards the top. Or you can devote an attaché to your electronics. This way, you can quickly remove and replace your electronics when you go through the TSA control point.
If you bring a lot of small electronics, like cables and batteries on your flight, I'd suggest packing them in a BAGSMART or Amazon Basics cable bag. These cases make it easier to find your things, and they can help alleviate some unusual TSA meetings.
How to Make the Most of Bearing
You have to bring all your electronics by continuing, but there is a chance that you do not have to use them all in flight. Of course, since you cannot reach electronics in the surveillance compartment, you may want to keep useful electronics, such as tablets and portable game consoles, in a smaller bag that fits under your seat or in your yard. A backpack, under the seat bag, attaché or electronics organizer should work well. Or you can just take the necessities out of your luggage before the flight begins.
Ideally, your luggage luggage is as easy as possible. You may place some clothes, hygiene products, a book, some snacks and your electronics in your bag. But if you are a cheap skate (like me), then it is a good chance that you like to torture yourself by taking everything in a backpack and completely opting out of the precious and annoying luggage experience.
There are some problems with the sadistic transfer method. If your bag is disorganized, it's hard to find things that you need in a rush. If it is too large to fit under your seat, you must throw it in the overhead compartment. Again, under seat bags, attachments and electronics organizers make the difference here. You can spend a backpack or suitcase for clothes and use a small extra bag or organizer for your electronics.
Remember to sign up for TSA Pre-Check
Packing your electronics is quite easy as long as you stay organized. But if you hate organizing bags, and you hate to take out your electronics for TSA, DOT's lithium ion rules can be very annoying. Fortunately, you can sign up for the TSA Pre-Check program and skip the usual screening process.
TSA Pre-Check enrollment can be time consuming, but it is well worth the effort. You must conduct a face-to-face interview, give fingerprints and allow TSA to perform a federal background check. If you have ever applied for a state job, it is virtually the same process. Once you are noticed by TSA, you pay $ 85 for a five-year registration, and that's it.
When you are enrolled in TSA Pre-Check, you have to go down the TSA Pre-Check lane instead of the usual, plebeic TSA path. Experience is comparable to a Disney Fast Pass. The line is not so long, you do not have to remove your electronics from your bag, and you do not have to remove your shoes.