Posted by gr8fulhearts on 05/14/2014

We are seeking advice on how to travel by plane with an AED recently. It seems that there is conflicting information about the airline and TSA restrictions on Lithium metal batteries for flights in the U.S. (Phillips and TSA have said we can't while sales people have said they have flown with it). We're wondering what folks do to travel and minimize risks with access to an AED, both around airports and after arriving and leaving the airport? Has anyone shipped or rented either an AED or battery for use on arrival? Have you found an AED that is allowed on a plane {or train}?
Please share your experiences or resources.
Thank you in advance.


Submitted by Bob Trenkamp on 05/19/2014


My wife and I always put our AED in our checked luggage and have never had a problem. Being without our AED pre- and post-boarding isn't a concern: there are always AEDs in the passenger areas and there is an AED on most passenger aircraft.



I just returned from ECCU in Las Vegas and had a spare AED battery packed in my carry on bags for a client upon my return to NY. No issues.

Submitted by JuliaBynes019 on 01/24/2015


Safety-conscious airlines are very particular these days about what passengers can bring on board. But, fortunately, the Transportation Safety Authority (TSA) has rules allowing certain medical items, including defibrillators, to be brought on board by passengers who need them. An automated external defibrillator (AED) can check a person's heart rhythm and, if needed, administer an electric shock capable of starting a stopped heart. It is designed to be used by people without medical backgrounds (although generally training is advised), the device is computerized, and provides direction to the user.