Flying with drones

A drone may appear as a safe item to carry on a plane, but its lithium polymer (LIPO) batteries are considered dangerous goods. These types of batteries are banned from being transported in the cargo hold of passenger aircraft, including kulula.com.

Important information you should know:

Flying with drones

Only drones without batteries are permitted as checked baggage in kulula aircraft. To ensure that your drone is cleared for transportation as checked baggage, remove the batteries from the drone.

In line with the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and IATA hazardous materials regulations, lithium polymer (LIPO) batteries can be transported as carry-on baggage and will not be accepted as checked luggage. Drones with integral batteries (batteries that cannot be removed) are only permitted on board as carry-on baggage. Find more information on the limits for battery watt hours (Wh) when carrying LIPO Batteries in Carry-on Baggage.

Advise your check-in agent that you are travelling with a drone and how you have packed the spare/loose battery in your carry-on baggage to avoid confiscation.

How to travel safely with a drone when flying kulula:

  • Ensure that the drone is turned off and any switches are protected from accidental activation.
  • Consider getting a special drone carrying case to protect your drone from damage. 
  • Remove the batteries from the drone and ensure that the connectors are properly isolated