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I normally carry an extra battery for my electronics. I am travelling in Europe.

Is it allowed to have an extra battery in a hand luggage?

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Probably, but with care

Although the EU security regulations don't prohibit spare batteries, there are separate safety restrictions. IATA regulations state that:

  • Spare batteries < 100Wh are permitted in cabin baggage, but not in the hold.
  • You can only carry two spare batteries between 100-160 Wh, again only in the cabin.
  • Batteries over 160Wh are not permitted.

In all cases, each battery must either be in a separate plastic bag, or have its terminals covered to prevent a short circuit.

The British CAA guidelines for example are a little more restrictive, requiring airline approval for anything between 100-160Wh. Not sure whether any EU member states have similarly strict guidelines.

For comparison, a laptop battery is typically less than 100Wh

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Yes, you can. There is the list of prohibited objects in hand luggage according to EU regulations. As batteries are not listed you can carry them without further trouble.

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    In fact, you must. Spare lithium batteries are not allowed in checked luggage, only cabin bags – Kate Gregory Nov 7 '15 at 18:24

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