POMA Confronts DOT on Battery Travel Restrictions
Johnstown, Pennsylvania -- On January 1, 2008, the U.S. Department of Transportation implemented new rules banning transport of lithium ion batteries in airline passenger's checked bags. The rule also limited the number of spare batteries allowed to be carried in hand luggage.
(See full details on the rule at: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/ass.../batteries.shtm)
The new rule adversely affects traveling photographers, videographers, producers and others who fly with professional equipment.
In response to the new restrictions, the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the White House Press Office, and other media organizations have addressed DOT about the detrimental effect the new rule has placed on working media.
POMA/DOT Teleconference Today
POMA Chairman Steve Scott was scheduled to meet with Dr. Robert Richard, Deputy Associate Administrator of DOT via teleconference today about the issue.
"DOT has admitted there may be 'unintended consequences' of the new rules," Scott said. "POMA is hopeful we can help achieve a solution that maintains safe air travel standards, without placing unnecessary restrictions on working media."
YOUR VOICE MATTERS: While discussions are underway, input from POMA, and other media members, will be helpful in shaping the final rules. Please send your comments to the DOT and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration: Click here to use the DOT's Online Feedback Form
POMA will provide an update on the situation as soon as new information is available.
Laurie Lee Dovey, POMA (814) 539-6030 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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From what I understand, they just do not want any lithium ion batteries rolling around lose in your baggage, if you have them secured in some way, you should be okay. It is incredably stupid that the DOT would make an issue out of this with so many more important things that need to be addressed.