Can You Take Electric Skateboards On A Plane?
I can’t tell you how awesome it is to get into a new city and go see the sights on an electric skateboard.
But there is one big problem – safety! The problem is the big Lithium-ion battery. If damaged, short-circuited, heated, or even designed poorly, these batteries may catch fire and explode. This is a pretty serious and dangerous situation and of course, should be avoided during flights.
To accomplish our dream of traveling the world with our e-boards we have to take them on planes. So, can you fly with electric skateboards?
Yes, you can!
If the battery in your electric skateboard is less than 100Wh, then you are allowed to take it on an airline. This is the current regulation from the FAA in regards to lithium-ion batteries.
If your battery is between 101Wh and 160Wh, then the FAA recommends you contact your airline to seek approval before travelling. If your airline gives you the go-ahead and you’re allowed to travel with your electric skateboard, make sure you take the necessary actions to properly protect the battery terminals to prevent short circuit.
Anything over 160Wh is strictly prohibited from being taken on any passenger airline. If you want to have your battery shipped to your location, you will require a specialist freighting company that are equipped to cart hazardous materials. As you can imagine, this is a costly exercise.
With which models of electric skateboards can you fly?
|Electric Skateboard Model||Allowed on planes||Extra carry-on-friendly battery available||Battery Size in Watt Hours (Wh)|
|M5 Drive KIT||Yes||Yes||158Wh|