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Re: TSA Lithium Battery madness

Subject: Re: TSA Lithium Battery madness
From: "Bruce" natureguyusa
Date: Sun Dec 30, 2007 8:02 am ((PST))
The lithium battery issue is about the possibilities of a battery's 
terminals shorting out by contacting a conductive material. Lithium 
batteries have so much energy in them that the short could ignite a 
fire. Almost all lithium batteries currently available include a 
protective circuit in them to prevent this from happening, and 
prevent internal shorting issues. Batteries more than a year old had 
the problem. The TSA will allow batteries to be installed in a piece 
of equipment. It it loose, spares, that they are worried about. They 
want the spares to be in plastic bags to electrically isolate them.

Personally, I avoid planes as much as I can. I do not want to 
contribute to the noise pollution problem that ruins much of the 
USA's quiet spaces, and covers the skies in milky clouds. :-(

Bruce Rutkoski

--- In   wrote:
> I just flew from the USA to and from China, with three recorders 
and a total 
> of seven lithium ion rechargeable slip-on 1400 mah batteries, not 
to mention 
> 24 AA lithium Energizers. The only notice these drew -- passing 
through DCA, 
> MSP, Tokyo, Beijing, Tokyo, Detroit -- was that in Detroit (re-
entering the US) 
> the TSA guys emptied my carryon gear case and wiped it down 
checking for 
> residues. No mention of lithium issues. But this was still 2007.
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