What Batteries Are Allowed On A Plane?

As we’ve become more technologically advanced, we’re using more and more gadgets that require batteries. Cell phones. Tablets. Laptop computers. Cameras. Handheld games. Digital scales. “Smart” luggage. Electric wheelchairs & scooters for mobility. E-cigarettes. Hearing aids. And the list goes on and on.

Meanwhile, these are some of the headlines you see if you Google BATTERY EXPLODED PLANE.

  • Portable battery explodes on Ryanair flight
  • Phone battery bursts into flames on flight
  • How planes can be brought down by a single battery

Scary, huh? Well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg…

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The Gate Check Bag Dilemma On Planes

Have you ever been waiting to board a plane and heard this announcement?

Dear Passengers,

This flight is going to be totally full so we’re asking 60 passengers to gate check their bags to their destination for no additional charge.

This was the announcement at the gate for a JetBlue flight from JFK to Orlando. I stared at my “Group D” on my boarding pass and thought to myself, “I’ll risk it.” For this trip, I was only bringing a backpack I knew could fit under the seat and a messenger bag carrying my iPad, headphones and a small travel-sized pillow for my back, which I’d be taking out as soon as I boarded the plane and got to my seat.

After seemingly the entire plane boarded, our group was called.

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The Airlines Most Likely To Lose, Misdirect Or Damage Your Luggage (& What To Do If It Happens)

It’s happened to everyone at some point. You arrive in Austin on American Airlines, while your checked luggage arrives in Boise (that really did happen to us, several years ago. They got the bag to us about 12 hours later). Or you arrive at JFK on United and your 4-wheeled bag now has 3 wheels…or a rip…or a dent (that happened to me too, 20+  years ago). Or you arrive in San Francisco on SouthWest and your bag just…disappears. Forever (Well, eventually they’ll find it, but if they can’t figure out who it belongs to, like if your luggage tag broke off and there’s no airline sticker on the bag, it’ll eventually wind up at this place. You don’t want it to go there.).

As it turns out, there’s a group paying attention to, not only how often peoples’ bags are lost, misdirected or damaged, but also which airlines do the most and least amounts of losing, misdirecting and damaging. Of course, trying to figure out the U.S. Department of Transportations’ (USDT) info is like searching for a needle in a haystack, but luckily another group has done the hard work for us.

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Is That Ticket Still Valid?, Don’t Pay Resort Fees If You Don’t Have To, How To Drive Someone Crazy While Traveling, & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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I Pimped Our Flight. What’s It Like When You Buy “The Works” Upgrade Package

When I search for flights from Orlando, one airline often shows at the top of the list as the cheapest option, Frontier. While the price shown in the search is the actual fare, it wouldn’t be the price we’d pay to fly with them, as we’d eventually have to pay for a checked bag, carry-on bag or a seat assignment.

If you’re going really cheap, you can fly with only a small personal item like Sharon did when she surprised me on my business trip. However, this trip wasn’t going to be a short hop. We were going to Texas for four days to visit a water park. On top of our usual clothes, we’d be bringing beach towels, swimsuits, pool shoes, suntan lotion, and a cooler (for snacks in the park and in case we wanted to bring home any food).

When booking my ticket, I had the option of adding on the various options. With Frontier, you’ll get the lowest price if you pay for the extras when booking the ticket.

It wasn’t going to be cheap.

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