Can I Take My Electric Scooter on a Plane?

Toby Bell23 Apr 2022

When it comes to transportation, air travel is both the safest and the most stressful. It is against the rules to carry prohibited items. If you do, the airport authorities will take them away from you. So you're travelling and keen to fly with your electric scooter with you. If you're going to a major city, riding your electric scooter to tour around sounds like a great idea. However, can you take your electric scooter with you on a plane?

Carrying Your Electric Scooter on a Plane

It's tricky to take your electric scooter on an airline. You are unlikely to be permitted to bring your electric scooter on your flight.

Most airlines forbid electric rides on board. For both checked-in and carry-on luggage, this is the rule to follow. The very few airlines that permit electric scooters have severe criteria and battery limits, and most adult types of electric scooters are ineligible to be taken with you. 

In addition, some airlines only accept electric scooters with batteries that have a maximum capacity of 160-watt hours (Wh). Once you obtain the go-ahead, you could bring your scooter on your flight, as long as it has a battery capacity of between 100 Wh and 160 Wh. There are just a few airlines that accept adult scooters. As long as their batteries don't exceed 160 Wh, most kids' scooters are allowed to be carried on planes.

Electric Scooter Batteries and Planes

When flying with an electric scooter, one thing is specifically problematic: the lithium-ion battery. The transport of these accumulators is often done with extreme caution. The basis for this is the risk of damage and the corresponding hazard class which e-scooters fall under.

Some airlines have a blanket ban on electric scooters on board, while others have specific criteria for bringing them. The capacity of the battery, which would be measured in watt-hours (Wh) and must be less than 160 Wh, is the deciding reason for a ban or authorization to carry your e-scooter on an aircraft.

The kind and size of batteries that can be brought onboard are strictly regulated by most European airlines. The FAA has severe limitations as well, allowing only batteries up to 100 Wh (cabin or checked), whereas batteries between 100 and 160 Wh can be carried in cabin luggage, depending on airline standards. Batteries with a capacity of more than 160 Wh are forbidden and cannot be transported onboard the airplane.

Each airline has its own set of restrictions. Most airlines need you to have a battery with a capacity of less than 160 Wh in transporting your electric scooter. This is due to the lithium-ion batteries' potential of catching fire. Airlines that accept the transport of electric scooters consider the kind and capacity of the battery.

When it comes to transporting e-scooters on an aircraft, below are the rules for the most prominent airlines:

  • American Airlines Group doesn't allow e-scooters on planes.
  • Delta allows e-scooters with up to 160 Wh max battery capacity.
  • AirFrance allows e-scooters with up to 300 Wh max battery capacity.
  • Austrian Airlines doesn't allow e-scooters on planes.
  • British Airlines allows e-scooters with up to 100 Wh max battery capacity.
  • AirChina allows e-scooters with up to 160 Wh max battery capacity.
  • Brussels Airlines Group doesn't allow e-scooters on planes.
  • Eurowings allows e-scooters with up to 160 Wh max battery capacity.
  • Lufthansa doesn't allow e-scooters on planes.
  • Emirates allows e-scooters with up to 300 Wh max battery capacity.
  • Qatar Airways doesn't allow e-scooters on planes.
  • Turkish Airlines allows e-scooters with up to 100 Wh max battery capacity.
  • Swiss Airlines doesn't allow e-scooters on planes.
  • Ryanair allows e-scooters with up to 100 Wh max battery capacity.

IATA Rules on Carrying E-Scooters on Flight

The International Air Transport Association, also known as IATA, mandates that lithium-ion batteries should have a power rating of not more than 100 Wh unless the passenger receives permission from the operator, in which case the lithium-ion battery should not exceed 160 Wh. For most airlines, this sets the norm for batteries.

Only batteries with a maximum power output of 100 Wh can be transported by passengers. These items must be clearly labeled in checked or carry-on luggage, but the operator does not have to permit you to bring them on board.

To fly with a device whose battery capacity surpasses the 100 Wh restriction but does not exceed 160 Wh, you must first get permission from the airline to do so. Passengers are prohibited by the IATA from bringing electronic devices with batteries that have a capacity of more than 160 Wh. Because of this, it is not viable to transport electric scooters with huge battery packs.

Although all international flights adhere to IATA criteria, countries can still impose their regulations. For instance, in China, the rules are significantly more stringent. If you're planning a trip to Europe, you'll want to check with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, or EASA for short. Countries have comparable regulations, although some are harsher than others when it comes to electric scooters and batteries.

Do You Have To Let the Airlines Know That You're Carrying an Electric Scooter?

There is no problem with taking an electric scooter on a plane as long as you notify the airline in advance. At least two weeks before the scheduled flight date, you must contact the airline. To guarantee safety, airlines are responsible for making sure that scooter batteries do not pose a threat to their passengers. As a result, the scooter's model, weight, and battery type must be provided in advance to the airlines.

For any medical condition, an airline must be informed at least a week before the date of travel. If you're using a travel agency to make a reservation, be sure to include information about the electric scooter and any special needs the passenger may have.

How To Bring an Electric Scooter on a Plane

Electric scooters are becoming increasingly popular, and some even take their e-scooter with them while traveling. Don't forget to check with your country destination and airline's e-scooter guidelines before booking your flight. 

Once you're on the clear, here's how to take your electric scooter on a plane:

  • Turn off your electric scooter. 
  • Take out the battery and store it separately.
  • Fold and store your electric scooter in a suitable packaging that's safe for airplane flights.
  • Store the electric scooter in a dry place. 
  • Advise the airline to handle your electric scooter with utmost care.

Despite being classified as a mobility device by aviation authorities all over the world, most airlines don't allow electric scooters on board. It's better to leave your own at home and rent one when you arrive at your destination. This would keep you out of trouble while also allowing you to ride your preferred mode of transportation wherever you choose to go.

Toby Bell

Toby Bell

Toby, a skating fanatic, has recently switched his skateboarding passion into an e-everything passion. E-skateboards, and e-scooters are his new love, and he wanted to share that love with anyone interested.

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