What Type of Camera Equipment and Camera Batteries Can I Bring on a Plane?

Traveling with camera equipment and batteries for video production can be a daunting task for photographers and videographers. With the implementation of regulations and restrictions on batteries, photographers must be aware of what type of camera equipment and batteries are allowed on an airplane.

When planning for an airplane trip with camera and video equipment, start by understanding the following: all lithium batteries must be carried in carryon baggage only. This applies to all types, including Liion, LiPolymer, LiFePO4, and Metalhydride batteries. Additionally, each passenger is limited to two spare batteries. To transport spare Liion batteries up to 100 watthours per battery and spare lithium metal batteries up to 2 grams per battery are permitted only when each individual battery is protected from short circuit.

It is also important to know what types of camera equipmentincluding tripodsare allowed on aircrafts. Most airlines permit the transportation of small tripods, monopods, light stands and stabilizers. When flying with a tripod, be sure to check your airlines restrictions before packing the device. Monopods, light stands, and stabilizers must also meet security guidelines.

When travelling with camera batteries, the following guidelines apply:

Spare batteries must be in carryon baggage only

Each passenger is limited to two spare batteries

Spare lithium ion batteries must not exceed 100 watthours per battery

Spare lithium metal batteries must not exceed 2 grams per battery

Each battery must be protected from short circuit.

Remember that all rules governing the transport of batteries, cameras, and other electronics vary from airline to airline, so it is important to verify the exact restrictions with your chosen airline before boarding. By following these regulations and guidelines, photographers and videographers can rest assured that their camera equipment and batteries are safely allowed on board airplanes.