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| p.1 #3 · Traveling international with lithium batteries |
I haven't read the specifics of the "UN manual of Test & Criteria, Part III, Sub-section 38,3" but the Profoto certification is specific to that section and has listed successful test results for each section.
Reading through the IATA regulations for my particular battery specifications, it is indicated I need prior permission from the airline. My concern is that with whoever I contact, there will be a great chance they won't want to take responsibility or the time provide a written approval.
Last year when I traveled I actually went to the airport to ask if there was going to be any problems. The travel desk said no, it just had to travel with me in carry on.
When departed India the security staff in no uncertain terms were going to let the battery go as carry on.
You can see right here there is a discrepancy in policies that at least on the part of the Indian security people, is in no way related to regulations laid out by the IATA. I'm leaning towards not drawing attention to the equipment and having all the certification and IATA documentation handy if I have trouble during check in. My preference would be to go with carry on since I'll have a long layover in Bangkok.
I'm just curious if anybody else has had to deal with these issues.