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Travelling w/ Mavic
459 15 2017-4-20 06:59:52
Dremundo
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Hello All,

I know there might be some threads already with something similar but I wanted to see if anyone has specifically travelled internationally with success with their Mavic. I have a planned trip to go from Miami to Istanbul (only a layover not flying drone there) to then Rome, Naples, and Amalfi. I have read countless information on the flying with a drone regulation and have contacted the airlines ( drone needs to be on passenger as carry on, make sure the batteries are not installed on drone and separate from each other plus using a lipo bag helps the situation incase of questioning).  I wanted to see if going through security in Istanbul would raise a red flag? I recently read a thread where flying in Rome is pretty much not allowed, so I wont chance that. But in Naples and other less congested areas there wont be a problem. I guess my main concern is actually flying and getting through security. Any tips or advice is welcome, again apologies if this is up somewhere else.
2017-4-20 06:59:52
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FF6022
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Interested in this too. I'm off to Bali so will keep a close eye on this for advice too.
2017-4-20 07:04:38
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dronist
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You should have NO problem. I always do the following when I fly Internationally...Discharge the batteries to 50%, put plastic on the contact or put in a plastic bag and then into FIRE RESISTANT LIPO BAG. Post some videos!!!
2017-4-20 07:27:39
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elementofgid
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dronist Posted at 2017-4-20 07:27
You should have NO problem. I always do the following when I fly Internationally...Discharge the batteries to 50%, put plastic on the contact or put in a plastic bag and then into FIRE RESISTANT LIPO BAG. Post some videos!!!

Do you have any recommendations for a fire resistant LiPo bag?
2017-4-20 07:58:44
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napabill44
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I'm traveling to the whisky islands in NW Scotland this summer.  I am pretty sure that an internet connection will be sporadic at best.  Assume elementary flights will not be a problem?  Can maps of the area be "cached" in advance  for later use?
2017-4-20 08:10:18
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DroneFlying
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elementofgid Posted at 2017-4-20 07:58
Do you have any recommendations for a fire resistant LiPo bag?

I own a couple of these (I got the two-pack) and really like them. Unlike a lot of the other options they're made specifically for Mavic batteries.
2017-4-20 08:25:50
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dronist Posted at 2017-4-20 07:27
You should have NO problem. I always do the following when I fly Internationally...Discharge the batteries to 50%, put plastic on the contact or put in a plastic bag and then into FIRE RESISTANT LIPO BAG. Post some videos!!!

What this guy said. I travelled with 2 spare batteries (check airlines limit for lithium batteries) all at about 40-50% charge with the battery terminals covered.
2017-4-20 08:44:22
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dronist
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elementofgid Posted at 2017-4-20 07:58
Do you have any recommendations for a fire resistant LiPo bag?

These are the covers I use to protect the battery connector from dust and static:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/produc ... 9_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

These are the individual bags  (for P4 and MAVIC) I use:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/produc ... 0_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Have fun!
2017-4-20 08:47:26
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dronist
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travelrikk Posted at 2017-4-20 08:44
What this guy said. I travelled with 2 spare batteries (check airlines limit for lithium batteries) all at about 40-50% charge with the battery terminals covered.

It is always to better be safe than Caboooooom
2017-4-20 08:51:49
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FF6022 Posted at 2017-4-20 07:04
Interested in this too. I'm off to Bali so will keep a close eye on this for advice too.

Just got back from Bali (and a few other places) with my Mavic... Had zero trouble traveling with the Mavic, was not even questioned once.

And this was even flying with Qatar Airways with a layover in Doha, because of the new law I put my Mavic and all 3 batteries in my checked luggage.

For the person traveling to Bali, PM me if you want some specific information. (ie, how to get around their rules about flying at the Temples)
2017-4-20 17:23:03
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Sangarone Posted at 2017-4-20 17:23
Just got back from Bali (and a few other places) with my Mavic... Had zero trouble traveling with the Mavic, was not even questioned once.

And this was even flying with Qatar Airways with a layover in Doha, because of the new law I put my Mavic and all 3 batteries in my checked luggage.

hey I will be flying Qatar airways soon, whats the new law you talking about? I was hoping to have it in the carry on
2017-4-20 18:27:09
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fans7657a31a Posted at 2017-4-20 18:27
hey I will be flying Qatar airways soon, whats the new law you talking about? I was hoping to have it in the carry on

Normally you would bring it in your carry on, and against the rules to check lithium batteries. But as of like 4 weeks ago, all passengers traveling from like 7 middle east countries (Qatar being one, even for a layover) can no longer carry on any electronic devices bigger than a cell phone. Laptops, tablets, cameras etc etc must be checked...

Qatar Airways has somewhat worked its way around this by allowing you to carry your bag of electronics into the terminal and gate area and check it in separate from your normal bag of clothes. They wrap it up nicely at the gate too, but you cant carry it onto the plane with you.  I didnt bring the large mavic batteries to the attention of security at all and just checked them in my bag of clothes. Also they were in individual lipo safe cases.

Maybe other people have had different experiences, but its probably worthwhile to read up on the exact intricacies of the law and how Qatar Airways is adapting to it leading up to your trip.  Once the order was announced I packed a roll of bubble wrap in my luggage and traveled with it for 3 weeks to protect all my electronics on the way home.

This doesnt apply to any flights leaving the US on those airlines, only entering the US.
2017-4-20 18:46:51
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Tekameleon
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In the last month my Mavic has traveled with me on several International & Domestic flights to Ethiopia, Ireland, Canada (Ontario & Alberta) , & US (Hawaii) with no issues. Aside from a couple of curious TSA Agents it was uneventful.
Mavic + 3 Batteries in Pelican Case in carry-on, Star Alliance & WestJet.

As others have said, a little electrical tape over the contacts and partially discharge batteries.
2017-4-20 20:11:20
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I just brought my Mavic to India via China and Thailand. I carried it on and no security anywhere made any fuss at all, and the Chinese security guys went through all my stuff.

The only problem is that my Mavic is defective and doesn't focus anymore. DJI won't help and Indian customs won't let me send it home so now I'm carrying this brick around for the next two months.

There was a glimmer of hope yesterday when it worked for a few minutes but not today
2017-4-20 21:34:30
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Sangarone Posted at 2017-4-20 18:46
Normally you would bring it in your carry on, and against the rules to check lithium batteries. But as of like 4 weeks ago, all passengers traveling from like 7 middle east countries (Qatar being one, even for a layover) can no longer carry on any electronic devices bigger than a cell phone. Laptops, tablets, cameras etc etc must be checked...

Qatar Airways has somewhat worked its way around this by allowing you to carry your bag of electronics into the terminal and gate area and check it in separate from your normal bag of clothes. They wrap it up nicely at the gate too, but you cant carry it onto the plane with you.  I didnt bring the large mavic batteries to the attention of security at all and just checked them in my bag of clothes. Also they were in individual lipo safe cases.

Thanks so much for this information, travelling from Australia with Qatar to European countries including Amalfi Coast and Rome. Don't want to risk missing my flight and not getting let on cause they aren't packed properly.
2017-4-21 00:10:14
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Antonov
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With the new Law enforced from USA in regards to No Electronics (Laptops/ipad/external batteries) in Istanbul they will take anything you may have on your hand baggage, also you are not allowed to carry any Lipo batteries in suitcase checked-in. I just came back from there, many people lost their batteries. Take them at your own risk.
2017-5-25 04:07:32
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