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    Okay, so I'm going to Africa in the summer of 2016, and I'm flying with both Emirates and South African airlines.
    I would like to know if any of you have had experience or know about the restrictions on 'lithium ion batteries'

    My camera contains one, and I would like to take a spare since I'll be using my camera all day on safari. I have taken my camera on flights before, and not had any issues when the battery is inside the camera, but how would I go on with a spare L.I. battery?

    I have checked the websites for both airlines, and, from what I have read, Emirates is ok with them:

    " Batteries spare/loose, including lithium metal or lithium ion cells or batteries, for portable electronic devices mustbe carried in carry-on baggage only. Articles which have the primary purpose as a power source, e.g. power banks areconsidered as spare batteries. These batteries must be individually protected to avoid short-circuit."

    So from this, I'm assuming a spare L.I battery would be okay in my hand luggage as long as it is prevented from short circuiting.
    However, I can't find anything for the South African Airway's policy. There are mentions of batteries, but I can't find anything specific.

    If you have any experience with camera equipment, SA airlines, or anything like that, a response will be great!

    Have you contacted the airline and asked them? Although, I'm surprised they've got nothing on their website.
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