COPY-Lithium Batteries No Longer Allowed in Checked Baggage

Montgomery- The Alabama Department of Homeland Security is reminding all air travelers of a new policy recently implemented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration.

Spare lithium batteries are no longer allowed in checked baggage.

These batteries should be packed in carry-on luggage. If batteries are installed in the device, it is allowed in either checked or carry-on luggage.

Lithium batteries are considered hazardous materials, because they can overheat and ignite under certain conditions.  This rule aims to reduce the risk of fires involving lithium batteries in the cabin of passenger aircraft.

Director of Alabama Homeland Security Jim Walker supports the new guidelines concerning batteries saying, "This is another way the United States is working to ensure safe and comfortable air travel. This change will better protect passengers and assist our airline crews."