Hoverboards are becoming a popular way to get around, but that doesn't mean they're allowed everywhere.
A hoverboard is a type of self-balancing scooter. It's similar to a scooter, but instead of standing upright like you would with an electric scooter, you lean forward to move forward and backward to move backwards. In this article, we'll discuss whether or not hoverboards are allowed on airplanes in the United States.
Hoverboards and Airlines
Hoverboards are fun to bring anywhere, but there are a few things you should know before you pack one for your next flight.
Are they allowed on US Airplanes?
The short answer is no. Hoverboards are not permitted on airplanes.
But why? Is it because they're too dangerous to carry on planes? Not exactly. In fact, it appears that the main reason behind hoverboard bans is because of concerns about lithium ion batteries catching fire or exploding. The TSA claims that the risk posed by these batteries outweighs any benefits they could provide as a form of transportation during flights (or even while waiting in airport terminals). The batteries are more likely to catch fire than other types, and when a plane crashes or experiences some other catastrophic event, these batteries can cause even more damage.
Since 2015, all major airlines have imposed a hoverboard ban on both checked and carry-on luggage. Even high-quality boards and those that meet the UL 2272 standards are not acceptable for them.
What to Do
If you are planning to travel with your hoverboard, it's best to check with your airline before you leave so that you can be sure to bring all of the correct items with you. It’s a big hassle if you have to go through security and then discover that your hoverboard is not allowed on the plane.
To avoid the hassle of checking a hoverboard at the airport, consider shipping it to your destination in advance. Ground shipping or freight services are better for transporting hoverboards because they will keep them safe and secure until you arrive at the airport. Another way is to find a different transportation option that allows hoverboards.
Disclaimer: There could be policy changes since this article was published so always check updated rules with your airlines.