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If you're planning a trip, you may bring your laptop computer, cell phone, camera, personal digital assistant, or other battery-powered devices as these items are still safe to fly! Batteries pose little risk when contained within the devices they power if steps are taken to prevent inadvertent activation. Spare batteries can be packed in carry-on baggage if steps are taken to protect against short circuits.
Transport battery-powered devices or spare batteries in carry-on baggage. In the passenger compartment, flight crews can better monitor safety conditions to prevent an incident, and can access fire extinguishers if an incident occurs.
If you must carry battery-powered devices in your checked baggage you must take steps to prevent inadvertent activation. Cordless power tools, for instance, should be packed in a protective case, with trigger lock engaged.
Many travelers like the convenience of readily available spare batteries. It's safe to travel with them , but you must follow these simple spare battery tips.