The world’s busiest airport, Dubai International Airport (DXB), issued a reminder to passengers, stating that spare batteries or power banks mustn’t be carried inside their checked-in luggage due to safety hazards.
On Twitter, DXB urged travelers to pack these items in their carry-on luggage. DXB emphasized on its website that security checks are crucial for ensuring everyone’s safety during air travel.
We urge passengers travelling through #DXB to not carry any spare batteries or power banks in their checked-in baggage as these are a safety hazard and are prohibited. It is advised that you pack these in your hand luggage instead.
— DXB (@DXB) February 27, 2023
According to the guidelines set by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, the following is a table showing permitted and banned items during air travel:
|Baggage with installed lithium batteries||Yes||Yes||Batteries mustn’t have over 0.3 g lithium metal or lithium-ion must not exceed 2.7 Watt-hour (Wh). Removed batteries must be carried in the cabin if baggage is to be checked in.|
|Gas cylinders for mechanical limbs||Yes||Yes||Non-flammable and non-toxic. Same-sized spare cylinders are allowed.|
|Hair styling equipment with hydrocarbon gas cartridge||Yes||Yes||1 cartridge per person. Packed in safety cover. Spare gas cartridges aren’t allowed.|
|Lithium Batteries||Yes||Yes||The lithium-metal batteries must have a minimum of 2g lithium metal content, while lithium-ion batteries must’ve a Watt-hour rating not exceeding 100 Wh. All devices in checked baggage should be turned off.|
|Lithium battery-powered electronic devices||Yes||Yes||Must be between 100-160 Wh. Devices in checked baggage must be completely switched off.|
|Non-radioactive medicinal or toiletry articles (including aerosols)||Yes||Yes||No other hazardous substances.|
|Oxygen or air, gaseous, cylinders||Yes||Yes||Mustn’t be over 5 kg. Liquid oxygen systems are prohibited.|
|Batteries (spare or loose)||Yes||No||Maximum lithium metal content mustn’t be over 2g with a maximum 100Wh. 20 spare batteries are allowed per person. Non-spillable batteries can’t be over 12V and 100Wh. 2 spare batteries are allowed per person.|
|Fuel cells||Yes||No||Fuel cells must be contained in the device it is powering.|
|E-cigarettes||Yes||No||E-cigarettes must be protected to prevent accidental activation. Smoking is prohibited inside a plane.|
|Mobility Aids (lithium-ion batteries)||Yes||No||–|
|Mobility Aids (non-spillable wet batteries, nickel-metal hydride batteries, or dry batteries)||No||Yes||–|
|Battery-powered wheelchairs or other similar mobility devices with spillable batteries or lithium-ion batteries||No||Yes||–|
|Thermometer, medical or clinical, (containing mercury)||No||Yes||1 per person.|
Note here that the above-mentioned list may vary. Travelers are advised to contact Dubai Airports or the General Civil Aviation Authority for further confirmation.