HOW TO TAKE YOUR DIVING LAMP ON THE PLANE?

WHY IS VIGILANCE NEEDED WHEN TAKING A LAMP ON THE PLANE?

It's now well known that when travelling by air, dangerous articles such as knives must be included in your checked bag that goes in the hold. This is for security reasons relative to other passengers and crew members, in order to prevent hijackings or even to avoid injuring anyone. This also applies to the diving lamps. In this case, there isn't any fear of hijacking, but there is the risk of fire. Indeed, diving lamps heat up more than ordinary pocket torches. If a lamp accidentally switches on while in your hand luggage, it could catch fire. Larger lamps and batteries generally go in the checked bag in the hold, because of their weight.

WHY IS VIGILANCE NEEDED WHEN TAKING A LAMP ON THE PLANE?

 

 

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO TRANSPORT A DIVE LAMP?

Bringing lamps onto the plane is authorised. However, it's important to separate or disconnect the batteries from the rest of the unit. Diving lamps are included in the category of dangerous items. As such, for transportation safety, batteries and bulbs must be removed. Disassembling the various parts also enables you to keep bulbs and other delicate objects with you in your hand luggage, so that they don't get damaged in the hold.

DOES THIS RULE APPLY TO ALL BATTERIES?

DOES THIS RULE APPLY TO ALL BATTERIES?

The answer is no, different rules apply to lithium batteries on the basis of their power rating. In fact, lithium batteries with a power rating of more than 160 W are prohibited aboard planes, whether in the hold or in the cabin. Lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries rated from 100 to 160 W can be transported, but must be wrapped and then placed either in the checked baggage or cabin baggage depending on the airline company. However, even if authorised by the airline company, only two batteries rated from 100 to 160 W are authorised per passenger or crew member. Additional batteries must be individually packaged in insulating packaging (e.g. a plastic bag or a plastic box). To limit any risks, you can also cover the terminals with adhesive tape in order to prevent short-circuits. They must nevertheless be transported in your hand baggage.
As we can see, not all batteries are treated in the same way. It's always best to check with the local airline company well before your flight, so as to avoid unpleasant surprises!

WHAT ABOUT TECHNICAL DIVERS?

More specifically, "tech" divers normally carry several backup lamps with their batteries, and are therefore generally carrying potentially dangerous objects that could exceed the authorised weight for hand luggage. They will then be required to place most of their lamps in their checked bag in the hold.

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