Hoverboards banned on airlines

  • Article says lithium ion batteries are banned which are used in those cheap two wheeled devices from China,while your onewheel uses a lithium iron phosphate battery which is probably still allowed. This is assuming the airline clerk has some knowledge of any type of chemistry.

  • I think Im going to have to leave it home now :-1: I rather not chance it, I'm sure I can get it past security in MIA Airport by checking it in my luggage but I don't want to risk having any issues in London a month from now when I try to return home. Shipping would be a bitch... damn cheap ass Chinese batteries!!!

  • @piratenyberg Lol, I'm pretty sure the underpaid baggage handlers and ticket counter lady will not care about the differences between different lithium chemistry...


    well, lets just say pretty much every airline has banned any sort of powered devices > 100WH (the onewheel is 132WH). Southwest allows up to 160WH devices.

    I guess I will be leaving mine at home instead of the Bahamas =(

  • has anyone flew with their onewheel since this ban?

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  • Sorry for the double post.... I asked Onewheel and the following is what I got for a response:

    From my understanding as long as your board is in your luggage and not clearly marked with lithium ion battery you should be able to fly with no problems. I also believe that TSA does not enforce these new regulations and if you carry-on your board you should be able to put it in the overhead bin/under your seat without any issue. You can find your board's battery information located on the underside of the board (just in case you are asked). Since are batteries are not removable the airline should not give you any trouble (I guess there are more strict regulations regarding removable batteries). We have flown all over the world with boards as carry-ons or checked with no problems. Hopefully this still holds true and those so called "hoverboards" don't ruin the fun for everyone.

  • @scalthom yea, TSA doesn't give a crap -the airlines are covering their asses though... even if 8 times out of 10 they let you on, have to ask youself if you have a backup plan for when you are denied passage

    Here's United's statement:

    "Personal devices installed with a lithium battery of less than 100 watt hours are permitted in carry-on and checked baggage. " - the OW clearly states 132WH on it.


    "Due to concerns regarding the lithium batteries used in hoverboards (balance boards, gravity boards, self-balancing devices, etc.), effective Saturday, December 12, 2015, Southwest Airlines will not transport hoverboards in either checked luggage or as a carryon item."

    you should just argue that there's NO battery in it - that you just use it to practice your balance.... lol

  • Update...

    So I decided to leave my board behind and boy was that the right decision. Not even 2 minutes walking into the airport I see large poster signs at the gate check in with photos of the 2 wheeled boards, a solowheel and one of those big 1- wheeled bike thingys

    With prohibited all over, I laughed then proceeded to check in my bags, not even a hello "do you have any Lithium batteries or hover boards in there?" I noticed a sheet with the same hoverboard photos on her and every other counter. Looks like they're in full force.

    Haha well this sucks :// I guess all my future plans of roaming the world on my onewheel have been stomped

    I'm not shipping for now but damn I really wish those piece of crap boards coulda waited a month to catch fire! - as others have mentioned it's probably not worth trying to get pass at the moment since it's such a topical subject for the holidays.

  • Thanks for the update.... Looks like $85 to ship to Florida for the holidays. Amazing, because I paid $79 for my flight from DCA to FLL.

  • @tomtnt damn no one is safe!!! haha this is really a bummer, I travel a lot for work and fun, already had so many plans to take this little guy everywhere :(

  • This had me pretty bummed out as I live in NYC and going to Fresno for the holidays. I really wanted to take advantage of the wide open streets to get some good carving in. I got quotes from Fedex and UPS and they were really high. Then I tried this app called Shyp after seeing them all over the subway cars. They picked up my Onewheel (I kept the original box) in 20 minutes professionally packaged it themselves and it's already on it's way to Fresno for 51 bucks. Also with 1500 dollars of insurance. Expected delivery is 6 days.

  • Sounds like I'll be doing more road trips than flying. At least flying with it was fun while it lasted.

  • Ridiculous. Taking my board come Wednesday. bastards. Through heaven or hell.

  • @sml said:

    Ridiculous. Taking my board come Wednesday. bastards. Through heaven or hell.

    You mean you're going to try to take it on an airplane? Good luck man! Let us know what happens and which airline/airport! It really pisses me off that those stupid cheap-ass "hoverboards" are ruining it for everyone else!

  • Banned

    read this article before you buy one

    Hoverborad is banned on amazon now , no one can buy from it

  • @Grace They are banned on Amazon because they are low quality SHIT. Notice how the Razor hovertrax is NOT banned. The boards being banned are very low quality and not worth a cent. Don't come to these boards and spam info about your shit please.

  • In checking major airline websites it now appears that airlines are not accepting any type of board device with lithium ion batteries regardless of battery size

  • The Onewheel is a lithium iron phosphate battery, but good luck explaining the difference to TSA workers during the holiday rush...or anytime for that matter.

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