Mobile power banks banned from checked baggage: airport police
Nowadays, people bring hightech products everywhere and to ensure that batteries won’t die, they also bring mobile power banks with them. But many people are unaware that mobile power packs and lithium batteries are banned from checked baggage.
This July, the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport found 10,500 pieces of luggage that contained mobile power packs or lithium batteries, or an average of 300 per day, according to the R.O.C. Aviation Police Bureau (APB, ).
The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA, ) said that checking mobile power packs would put flight safety at risk. On flights, mobile power packs can easily burn or even explode if placed improperly, because the lithium battery in them is chemically unstable, according to the CAA.
Authorities said that one case happened at Taoyuan airport this March, in which a mobile power pack smoldered when its owner accidentally dropped it on the floor, causing people nearby to panic.
As taking “travel selfies” becomes a trend, people are increas- ingly taking selfie sticks abroad. It should be noted that selfie sticks and camera tripods should be checked if their retracted length exceeds 25 cm, the APB said.
It is also noteworthy that some ordinary household items such as screwdrivers, fruit knives, nail clippers and drafting compasses should be checked, according to the APB.
Aviation police said that windproof lighters are banned from planes. Lighters that are not windproof can be brought on the flight as carry-on, but not as checked luggage.