Posted by WorriedMom on 09/07/2017

Since my last post, my family member has successfully taken his AED on a commercial flight. He was not allowed to bring the device in to the cabin, but had to bring the lithium ion battery in his carry on. Therefore he needed to run back to the airline desk and have his luggage pulled out and get the AED into his checked luggage. This held him up quite a bit at TSA, so plan ahead and arrive early. I believe that these rules are administered differently at different airports, as I was even advised when researching in advance that "it would depend on the TSA officer on duty." Hopefully someone will be able to get clear advice on this, but for now I would advise: check the device and carry the battery.


Submitted by SCAFoundation on 09/07/2017


It's good to know he was able to carry the AED. The information we received from the FAA suggested the traveler would have to submit a written petition for an exemption to a rule to be able to carry an AED on commercial flight. We're trying to get clarification.

Submitted by Bob Trenkamp on 09/07/2017


Shar and I have taken our AED to Europe several times in our checked baggage. We're flying from Savannah to New Orleans in December, and I'll check the specific airline's rules before each flight. When I checked two months ago, checked baggage is OK.

At the same time, the person barking the orders cannot be fought.

I'll let you know how it goes.