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A Travel Guide to Taking a Drone on a Plane

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Are you planning to bring your drone to a plane? Here is the travel guide you need to get through safety and get started in no time.

Traveling with a drone is not as difficult as you may think, but you must be prepared enough. Here are some tips that cover everything from case suggestions to flight restrictions. Use this advice and you will not have any problems to go through the security in an orderly manner.

Depending on the size and amount of equipment you have for your drone, you need to decide whether you want to continue with the drone or verify it in a hard shell. Just like traveling with camera equipment, it's always better to take things with you. A registered suitcase is always a risk. Even with proper handling, there is always the possibility that the bag is placed late or incorrectly.

If you have a smaller drone like a Phantom, there are pockets designed to carry. You just need to make sure the bag fits in the top compartments or under your seat; This is different in every level.

DJI has a hard shell backpack, but I really advise against getting a bag with some kind of brand. You want your bag to be as discreet as possible. While airport security does not matter if your bag says DJI, thieves could. Hardshell backpacks are always uncomfortable and will tire you when you need to transport long distances. I prefer a soft bag to carry long distances. Again, there is an official soft backpack for drones, but you can find all kinds of these bags online.

If you have a bigger drone like DJI Inspire 1, Yuneec Typhoon or Freefly High, you will definitely need a hardcover box to check the drone. The Inspire and the Typhoon have a size limit. They fit into higher compartments in larger levels, but do not approach in smaller levels. Instead of risking the discovery at the time of boarding, simply plan to check your drone. A hardcase is the best protection when traveling with a drone. Once I checked a half-filled box of stuffing, and even then I found that my luggage was not being handled properly.

The best way to travel is actually a combination of both. I always check the drone's body, the controller and the accessories. In my bag I carry the drone batteries, as well as the cardan camera and the memory cards. These are things that I want to make sure they do not throw you under the plane.

Lithium-ion batteries

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries should always be carried in hand luggage. This includes your drone batteries. Do not check your batteries with the drone. It is also recommended to protect the battery terminals. You can just cover them with tape.

You should clarify this with the airline, but the standard regulations restrict passengers to just two lithium-ion batteries with more than 100 watts per hour (Wh). Most batteries with less than 100 watts per hour have no limits.

That's why you'll see manufacturers like DJI who produce two types of batteries. For the Inspire 1 series, DJI produces the 99.90 Wh TB-47 battery and 129.96 Wh, the TB-48. The FAA restricts passengers to two TB-48 batteries, but can carry multiple TB-47s. Carry batteries with you. You can also combine the type and transport two TB-48 batteries with four TB-47 batteries.

For new batteries, the watt-hour must be specified. If for some reason this is not the case, you can calculate the watt-hours by multiplying the battery voltage by the ampere-hours (Ah).

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Driving safety with your towed drone is always beneficial if you put the batteries in your own container just as you would with your laptop. There is a great possibility that the airport security will take their batteries apart to do an inspection. The more open you are to put them in your own container, the faster you can get to your flight.

In my experience, the only question they usually ask me is, "What are these batteries for?" I never had to defend Watts hours or something. That means I still know everything in my pocket.


There's nothing worse than traveling around the world just to realize that you do not have enough engines. If an accessory gets damaged while you are driving, or worse, in a drone collision, make sure you have extra thrusters to get you back in the air. For extra protection, hold the bow thrusters in their original packaging when they are new.

When you hang up your drone, you should have the repair tools in addition to the additional engines. That way, you'll be ready if you need to make adjustments or open the drone to remove sand, dust or dirt.

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