Electric scooters are an amazing way to explore new places and they’re incredibly portable, thanks to the lightweight, folding models now being designed by many of today’s most popular electric scooter brands. However, e-scooters do pose a few challenges that should be carefully considered when taking them along on planes.
In this article, we’ll go over several key things that you need to be aware of if you’re thinking about taking an electric scooter along on your next flight. We’ll also include some links to some helpful airline-specific resources.
Yes. As long as specific requirements are met, you can bring a recreational scooter onto the airplane with you. First of all, your scooter cannot be checked with your luggage, it must be carried on board the plane. You’ll also need to remove the battery before boarding and store it in one of your carry-on bags.
Another important thing to take note of is the size of your scooter’s battery. The FAA places a restriction on battery size, limiting you to 100Wh lithium ion batteries. Having said that, with airline approval, you can carry on up to two larger lithium ion batteries (101-160Wh). Remember that this must be airline approved, so be sure to clear things with your airline before heading to the airport (it’s also never a bad idea to double-check, as many airlines have less than stellar customer service in our experience). Additionally, keep in mind that these travel rules were primarily made for electronic devices such as cameras and laptops, not battery-powered personal mobility vehicles.
The following links provide additional details from several major airlines on the topic: