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Discussion in 'Rules and Regulations' started by Jacob Eggleston, Oct 6, 2016.

  1. Jacob Eggleston

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    I just ordered my Mavic Pro and plan to take it out of the country soon. It will be my first time taking a drone on a plane. I've looked at what airlines accept the batteries that the mavic has. I also know I have to drain the battery and carry them on. However, does anyone know how security/customs will go? Any tips would help as well!


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  2. Alex Baxter

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    Hi Jacob,
    Plenty of posts on this, all airlines have guidance in their websites, but basically it'll be fine. Tape over the terminals on the battery, but don't drain them, 50% charge is good. Never had any problem, these people generally know what they are doing, ask for the supervisor if they kick off.

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  3. Jacob Eggleston

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    Well that's good you said that! I thought I was supposed to drain them. So if it's ok with airline it'll be ok with airport basically?


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  4. daithi23

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    Do you need to carry the batteries in LiPo bags?
     
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    Just flown out of UK today to the Algarve,first time for me taking my P4. I got a bit worried when the case got diverted on to the inspection conveyor, but all they did was a swab and then waved me through, did not even open the case. I did a lot of research first and concluded all would be OK.
    One worry is some airlines divert your hand luggage to the hold even as you board the plane, the batteries are definitely a no no for the hold, so get to the gate early and avoid any possible arguments, maybe use speedy boarding.
    Does the US have speedy boarding or is it just Ryanair and Easyjet?
     
  6. Jacob Eggleston

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    I believe that it's recommended to have a lipo bag but not a requirement. It all depends on what airline you travel on.

    And the US does have a fast boarding system but normally you have to pay some money to get that.


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    I've traveled out of the country with my phantom a few times , never even opened the backpack , 3 batteries @ 50% no lipo bags no problems.
     
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    I had a Lipo bag hidden in my case just in case, but it looks alarming to those who do not know what it is, so I concealed it and would have produced it only if challenged. Yes the greedy UK airlines charge for speedy boarding.
     
  9. Jacob Eggleston

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    Would a Lipo bag be worth it?


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  10. Jayfdee

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    They are very inexpensive on ebay, I would take one just in case.
     
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  11. Jacob Eggleston

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    Alright I'll look into that! Thanks!



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    Hi All,

    In preparation of my first trip away with my Phantom I've been doing lots of research and have made this video to try and help others int he same situation!



    Hope it helps!