Effective July 9, 2018
Lithium batteries that are installed in any checked or carry-on baggage must be removed by the customer.
Once removed, these batteries can be transported on board.
Smart bags that do not have a removable battery cannot travel on any United or United Express® flights.
I have a non removable battery in my ‘laptop’ if they were to deny it I would just turn around and go home.
But it does read as smartbags, not laptops. You can’t put a laptops in checked bags now so they have to be carry on, if I remember reading correctly.
Therein is the problem with assumptions by the author of the UA Safety Notice.
The author assumes all readers are aware of the existence of bags that have built in batteries.
I’ve never heard of such a thing before today.
I read “Lithium batteries that are installed in any checked or carry-on baggage” to mean a battery installed in any device inside the baggage.
Before posting, I called UA this morning to confirm.
The UA support person immediately said,“Yes, the battery must be removed from the laptop.”
In a second call to UA this afternoon, UA says the battery does not have to be removed from the laptop.
In this call, the UA support person checked with two supervisors.
But remember that, in most states, securely-cased and unloaded handguns may be included in your checked baggage, provided that any related ammunition in also either in that case, OR if > 0.75 caliber and/or not shotgun shells, it is carried in a separate secure-case, also in your checked baggage !
So at least you can’t carry them onto the plane !!
Also remember that the rules relating to the carrying of concealed firearms varies from state to state !!!
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