As I understand it, the rules for flying with batter powered (lithium ion) tools are as follows:
- the batteries must be installed on the tools
- the tool triggers must be locked in the off position
- tools secured to avoid accidental activation
- all such tools must travel in checked luggage
However, the last time I flew with several of my Dewalt 20v tools (impact driver, drill, circular saw) my luggage had been inspected and each of the batteries had been removed from the tools and placed elsewhere in my luggage. Because I do not own any form fitting plastic totes for these tools I fashion some very tight, form fitting cardboard wraps for each tool with the express intention of avoiding accidental activation. While these tools do have some form of locking the trigger in the off position, the drill and impact driver are the weakest at this with only the middle position of the forward/reverse switch to prevent accidental activation.
How do you travel with lithium ion powered tools and have you had similar problems or worse?