Travelling on flight with your Electric Skateboard? Read this!

After the famous Casey Neistat got his Boosted Board taken away by Sydney Airport Customs Border Patrol, my dream of traveling the world with an electric skateboard shakes a little.

As electric skateboard is still new to the world (and to the airline), there aren’t any real guideline from the airline regarding electric skateboard.

To makes matters worse, since there were reported incidents where hoverboards caught fire and exploded, 60 airlines have banned hoverboard from stepping onboard, causing electric skateboard collateral damage.

Thanks a lot, Hoverboard.
(Another reason why electric skateboard is better than Hoverboard)

But afraid not, there is still a chance, here is what I found out:

So I’ve asked Virgin Australia, Delta Airline, United Airline and Singapore Airline if they allow electric skateboard onboard.

I emailed their customer service and told them my imaginary brother and I are planning to travel oversea on their plane.

My imaginary brother wishes to bring along his imaginary Boosted Board v2 (99wh battery) on board and me my Acton Blink Lite (56wh battery).

Can we?

United Airline:  Fuck no.
Delta Airline:  Err, Ask TSA?
Virgin Australia:  Yeah Sure!
Singapore Airline:  Yeap!

Factor that determines if your electric skateboard are allowed on a flight:

1. Battery size

The battery must be <99wh.
Some airline allows <160wh, but you must declare it!

 

2. Detachable battery is even better

Some airlines do allow electric skateboard on board but wants you to detach the lithium battery first.

 

3. It’s best to check-in the skateboard

Some flight doesn’t allow sports equipment as carry-on.

Casey Niestat got his Boosted Board confiscated NOT because it has a motor and a battery BUT because it is a skateboard.
Sydney Airport Custom Control does not allow sports equipment as carry-on (eye roll).

4. Email/Call your airline before you make the move, just in case.

Different airline, different rule. I sent 4 different airlines an exact copy of emails and got 4 different answers. (which I attached below.)

Be safe, ask your airline.

Summary:

So this is what you should do.

Detach the battery, check in the skateboard, carry on the battery.
Have an email from the airline vouching that it’s good then you are doubly safe.

Here are a few examples of boards that are compatible for flights:

You can easily find for other boards that are flight compatible (<100wh removable battery) in my boards’ comparison page.

Hope this help! Below are my emails to the airlines and their replies.



Hello Airline: 
My brother and I are looking to travel to Europe and we would like to bring our Electric Skateboard (Boosted Board & Acton Blink Lite) with us, and we would like to ask if Electric Skateboard is allowed to be bring on board, especially since they have Lithium battery.
As I know, _____ Airline has banned devices such as Hoverboard, however Electric Skateboard is not included in the list and is actually a different kind of product.

Regarding the battery: As I understand, Airline allows Lithium battery of less than 99wh.

My Acton Blink Lite has a 56 Wh Lithium-Ion, and it is small enough to fit inside a hand carry luggage, which I plan to do so.

My brothers Boosted Board has a 99wh Lithium battery, but it is removable, and I plan to check in the board and hand carry the 99wh Lithium battery.

Am I be able to do so?

Is there any document that I should bring along to avoid any argument/confusion when passing through security?

Lastly, is there any document/letter that Singapore Airline can issue, so that I would able to show to the staff in-case I was questioned?

Thanks!


United Airways
Dear Dr. Lim:

Thank you for your inquiry.

United accepts only non-powered roller skates, rollerblades and
skateboards as checked baggage or carry-on baggage.

We appreciate your e-mail and thank you for your continued business as a
MileagePlus member.

Regards,


Virgin Australia:

Dear Paxson Lim,
 
Thank you for your email regarding bringing an electronic skateboard on board. I am happy to assist you by providing the following information.
 
I can confirm that you may bring your electronic skateboard on board. You will need to declare that you have the device by the time you check in. I have listed the guidelines for bringing electronic devices containing lithium, lithium ion cells or non-spillable batteries below:
 

  • Items containing batteries under 100Wh or under 12 volts do not need to be declared at check-in. (conversion to Wh = Amp hours (Ah) x Voltage)
  • Lithium batteries must not exceed 160Wh.
  • Virgin Australia does not accept UN3480 lithium ion batteries (exceptions may be made when these batteries are contained in medical devices).
  • Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) batteries (non-spill able) must not exceed 12 volts.
  • Batteries can either attached to the item or taken as spare. If battery is spare, it must be carried as carry-on baggage only.
  • The device must be carried in a manner as to prevent inadvertent activation – e.g. Switches prevented from being activated. Packed in a hard moulded case such as power tool cases.
  • The carriage of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Devices is prohibited on all Virgin Australia flights as checked in or carry on luggage.
  • Permitted as carry-on or checked baggage although recommended as carry-on as per the Dangerous Goods regulations.

Singapore Airline:

Dear Mr Lim,

Thank you for your email of 12 December 2016.

Please be advised the skateboard is allowed as either checked-in or carry
on, their weight would be part of your permitted checked-in
baggage or permitted carry on weight as advised on our website for the different class of travel. Please detach the lithium battery when carrying the skateboard onboard.

 For further information on bringing restricted or prohibited items, you may refer to the following
 link to verify if your item is allowed on our flight:
 http://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/travel-information/baggage-restrictions/

 We hope the above address your concerns.
Here is Inboard M1 on their advise on the same matters. (Same conclusion)

2 Replies to “Travelling on flight with your Electric Skateboard? Read this!”

  1. the <99Wh limit is ridiculous!! how could they (airlines) know if the battery is really below that limit? people would just slap a label saying under 99Wh. IMO what make battery dangerous is its charge, so a discharged battery down to 20% capacity is alot safer.

    that <99Wh limit sounds like they're there because airlines can't completely ban lithium battery because that's what cellphone/laptop batteries are.

    1. Well, if they aren’t sure, they can just refuse to let you carry it onboard.

      Some airline such as Virgin Australia and Singapore airline does allow battery <160W to be carried on board.

      Your guess on why they do that is as good as mine. But yeah, it is how it is.

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