Wednesday, January 02, 2008

More Battery Confusion

Honestly, we don’t have a clue about the battery issue. (See our previous entry about lithium batteries.) In it’s infinite wisdom the government continues to contradict itself.

First, we present a direct quote from the TSA’s website (our emphasis in bold).

“Under the new DOT rule, lithium batteries are allowed in checked baggage under one of the following conditions:
The batteries must be in their original containers.
The battery terminals must not exposed (for example placing tape over the ends of the batteries).
The batteries are installed in a device.
The batteries are enclosed by themselves in a plastic bag.”

Second, two direct quotes from different sections of the DOT’s website (bold emphasis is from the DOT copy).

“Pack spare batteries in carry-on baggage.”
You may not pack a spare lithium battery in your checked baggage.”

If anyone out there is smarter than us and can figure this out, we’d love to hear from you.