Can I Take My Electric Scooter On A Plane?

Can I Take My Electric Scooter On A Plane?

If you own an electric scooter and are planning your next trip, you might be asking yourself, Can I take my electric scooter on a plane? The short answer is no, though there are exceptions, and the truth is a bit more complicated than that. This is because while airlines provide a lot of information on their baggage guidelines, they aren’t always clear about their stance on electric scooters.

That’s why we’ve put together this blog post in which we cover CAA guidelines on lithium-ion battery restrictions and how they impact your ability to travel with an electric scooter. There’s also a handy table at the end with quick links to airlines and their baggage policies.

Read on to learn more.

CAA Guidelines

The CAA or Civil Aviation Authority is the UK’s aviation regulator. They work to ensure the aviation industry meets the highest safety standards and manages security risks effectively. Part of their responsibility is to provide information to airlines and passengers on items that are allowed in baggage.

Their information is based on the most recent edition of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.

Where this information is relevant to electric scooters is on the topic of items containing lithium-ion batteries. If you didn’t already know, the most commonly used type of battery for electric scooters is lithium-ion (all The E-Scooter Co. products use lithium-ion batteries). 

CAA guidelines on lithium-ion batteries is as follows:

  • Removable batteries: If your electric scooter has removable lithium-ion batteries, then you will need to (1) check that they do not exceed a watt-hour rating of 160 Wh and (2) carry them in your carry-on baggage. You also require prior approval from the airline. 
  • Non-removable batteries: If you have an electric scooter with built-in or non-removable batteries, then (1) the batteries must not exceed a watt-hour rating of 160 Wh and (2) measures must be taken to prevent the scooter from turning on. Again, this is subject to the airline’s approval.

Manufacturers are required to provide the watt-hour rating of their lithium-ion batteries, so you should be able to find this information on your battery itself. Alternatively, you can calculate the watt-hour rating if you know the battery’s voltage (V) and capacity in ampere-hours (Ah):

Ah x V = Wh

Most phones, tablets and laptops have lithium-ion batteries with watt-hour ratings that come under that critical 160 Wh figure. But, as you might have guessed, that’s not really the case for electric scooters. These are powerful devices and often come with powerful batteries.

Electric Scooters as Mobility Devices

While most airlines have strict guidelines when it comes to small vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries, they do make exceptions for mobility devices. If you can show that your electric scooter is a medical necessity, then you should reach out to the airline well in advance to find out if your flight can accommodate your electric scooter. Do keep in mind that mobility scooters have different requirements and serve different functions than most recreational electric scooters. 

Airline E-Scooter Policies

Airline

E-Scooter Policy

The Fine Print

Aer Lingus UK

No

Segways, hoverboards and, as they say, ‘all such vehicles’ are strictly prohibited, both as check-in and carry-on baggage.

British Airways

No

Small vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries are strictly prohibited. This includes hoverboards, air wheels, solo wheels, Segways, skateboards, electric scooters, electric bikes and hover karts. They request you to get in touch with them in advance if you have a mobility aid that is battery operated. 

Eastern Airways

No

Eastern Airways has placed a ban on small vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries. Passengers aren’t allowed to travel with them. 

EasyJet

No

Hoverboards and rideables are not permitted, and by extension it’s likely electric scooters aren’t as well. Though lithium-ion powered devices are permitted, the watt-hour rating must not exceed 160 Wh. There is a provision in place for mobility aids powered by lithium-ion batteries.

Jet2

No

At the moment Jet2 does not permit passengers to carry hoverboards and the like, either in the cabin or aircraft hold. Considering hoverboards use lithium-ion batteries, it’s likely this rule will apply to electric scooters as well. However, they do allow passengers to bring lithium-ion battery powered mobility scooters, as long as the watt-hour rating is below 300 Wh.

Loganair

It depends

Loganair labels lithium-ion batteries as dangerous goods, but they do not list any maximum watt-hour rating in their general requirements. We suggest you contact them in advance to find out more information. 

Ryanair

No

Apart from wheelchair or mobility aids, lithium-ion powered vehicles like Segways, hoverboards and presumable electric scooters are prohibited. 

Virgin Atlantic

No

Under their list of items that are never allowed onboard, they have ‘Hoverboards, Segways, Mini- Segways, Self-balancing boards, Smart balance, wheels and breeze boards’. It seems quite likely that by extension electric scooters will not be permitted. They do, however, have a provision in place for battery-powered mobility devices. 

Wizz Air

It depends

You can’t carry removable batteries in your check-in baggage. You can carry lithium-ion batteries as long as the watt-hour rating does not exceed 160 Wh and you have airline approval.


The Future of Electric Scooters and Air Travel

It’s clear at the moment that, if you are looking to take your electric scooter on a plane, the odds are heavily stacked against you. It might be worth exploring the E-Scooter Law and rental options of your destination. However, as we mentioned in our post on e-scooters vs. e-bikes, governments across the world are easing up restrictions on privately-owned scooters, and there’s a chance that in the near future it will be a breeze travelling by plane with your electric scooter.