Traveling plays a significant role in rejuvenating us from our day-to-day monotony. It gives us the chance to explore the unseen. People travel for many purposes. Some do it for obtaining knowledge, some for pleasure, while some for acquiring experiences from different sectors.
Traveling by plane is just full of thrill and excitement. It grants one the chance to see a miniature of the world, side by side blooms a fluttering feeling in mind. A plane journey is considered the fastest route with no traffic rules to obstruct the flow of the journey.
Every day millions of people, all around the world use airlines for going from one place to another. While traveling each of them has to be careful about some stuff. Checked-in luggage is one of them.
In this guide, we are going to know what someone would do if they accidentally left a battery in checked-in luggage. But before jumping into that let us have an idea about what checked-in luggage is and why batteries are not allowed here.
What Is Checked In Luggage? What’s The Story With The battery? Are They Allowed Or Not?
Passengers while traveling by plane need to divide their luggage in two parts according to the airline’s (which they are using) weight and quantity limit.
Of these two parts, one part they can keep to themselves, while the other part they need to dispatch to the airline authority.
This part of luggage which the passenger doesn’t carry with themselves is called checked-in luggage.
In the present world, checked-in luggage is a million-dollar industry, which is responsible for checking the passenger’s luggage.
Their obligation is to figure out whether there is any illegitimate item in the baggage passenger carrying.
These luggage get stored in the cargo of the aircraft and are fully beyond the reach of passengers.
The passengers have to pay a certain amount of fee for this. They can collect their baggage from airport authorities after their journey is over.
Now that we know what checked in luggage is, there is obviously a question in our mind what this has to do with battery. In order to have a clear understanding of that you have to read the next paragraph.
Why Are Batteries Not Allowed In Checked In Luggage?
Checked in luggage has some rules and regulations which every passenger must follow. One of the rules is, the luggage can not have any flammable items.
Because the cargo cabin where all this luggage is stored is a pressurized room. So if by chance any one of the luggage has flammable objects then it may react with pressure and explode.
This situation can be very dangerous. Terrorists might also use them for fulfilling their grievous actions.
Therefore, not only batteries, any type of flammable objects which can ignite fire are not allowed in the checked-in cargo cabin.
One may carry items like mobile, tablet PC, PlayStation, or any item which has already installed the battery in it, but an uninstalled battery is completely not allowed for ensuring the safety and security of the flight or aircraft.
But what will someone do if they left a battery by accident? Well, that’s a very big problem now!!!
Because if it gets in the hold of the TSA or Transport Security Administration, then they are going to seize the whole luggage and send legal notice to the owner of the luggage.
Again even if it somehow escapes the eyes of the TSA, then the owner might be free from a legal notice, but the whole plane he is traveling in will be at the risk of catching fire.
What Should You Do To Resolve This Problem?
Contract the traveling agents. Traveling agents are the ones who provide travel-related services to an individual or a group of individuals.
They are always there to provide a guideline to the tourist and help them with their queries.
If someone has left their battery at the checked-in luggage then he should hurry up and consult with his traveling agent about this matter.
These agents are usually familiar with the activities of the Transport Security Administration.
They can easily provide further recommendations or suggestions to resolve this problem. Now there are a lot of individuals who travel alone without any agents. What should they do? Don’t worry there is still a solution for that.
If you are traveling alone and don’t have an agent to help you out, then try to look for airport staff, ask them about the Transport Securities Administration’s office.
After locating it, state your problem to the officer present there. The officer will most probably give you a form to fill up all the details of your luggage, or he may ask you to demonstrate the figure of your luggage.
Whatever it is, try to be as precise as possible. Because the authorities deal with thousands of pieces of luggage every day. Any vague information can result in further delays and confusion.
Things could get much better if you can showcase a photograph of your luggage to the attending officer.
Soon after getting all the details, the officers will start looking for your luggage. Here is a thing, if your luggage was discovered before it has reached the security checking post then it’s okay.
At this stage, you will not face many problems. But if it was discovered after it had already passed the luggage check post then things might get difficult for you. As at this point, officers had already detected the battery in your luggage.
In this situation, for this misconduct, you may be asked to pay some fines according to the airport rules. Whatever the case is, do it. Don’t misbehave with the authorities. As their agitation will affect you negatively.
There is a huge chance that they might even take legal action. Therefore, be polite and try to make them understand your situation. Try to convey to them how unintentional this whole situation was. Hopefully, they will understand and go easy on you.
Checked-in luggage is a very sensitive matter in the case of a plane journey. The TSA may charge a fine of around $360 to $2090 for the discovery of any prohibited items in the luggage.
Therefore, one has to be very vigilant from the start to avoid any kind of disruption. To stay safe, expensive items, important documents, jewelry, and obviously flammable objects should never be put in checked-in luggage.
With the hope that every passenger will have a safe and secure journey, I am concluding myself.