No. Taking your electric bike on an airplane is usually not possible due to regulations regarding fying with batteries.
On the other hand, if you have a tiny eBike battery (100 watt-hours or less) you should be able to take it on aircraft without a problem.
Several airlines have implemented a blanket ban on carrying larger Lithium batteries in checked luggage.
To calculate watt hours use the formula:
- Watt hours (Wh) = Volts (V) x Amp hour (Ah)
- or for milliamp hours Wh = V x (mAh ÷ 1000)
If you do decide to take your electric bike on an airplane:
- Check with your airline for the latest regulations.
- Check your battery complies with the current airline and FAA regulations.
- Either leave the battery installed on your electric bicycle or pack it carefully in hand luggage.
- Pack the battery with a 50 percent charge to minimise the risk of fire.
- Carefully check general airline requirements for carrying bicycles (packing requirements, weight and size limits). Most airlines provide detailed requirements for how you should pack your bike.
- Allow several hours to deal with check-in and security complications.
In response, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned airlines that fires from lithium batteries have the potential to bring down airliners. Onboard fire extinguishers are not up to the task of extinguishing the very hot fires that occur when Lithium-Ion batteries catch fire.
The FAA is expected to announce new regulations for flying with lithium batteries in 2018.