The tiny lithium battery for our camera: Perfectly acceptable to reside within your camera when you fly, but (evidently) more dangerous than sewing kit scissors, over 4 ounces of liquid, or a bomb when outside of the camera shell.
As mentioned on my To Do List, CG diagnosed our camera with a bad internal battery*, and for two months dragged his feet to order it. Why?
Cost of tiny lithium ion battery: $1.70
Cost of shipping lithium ion battery because the United States Postal Service classifies it as hazardous as anthrax and they WILL NOT let you use them: ~$9.00 via UPS – who sneered in the face of danger.
I finally threatened to buy a new camera if he didn’t bite the bullet and the exponential price difference.
A “what the frak” moment itself.
Then yesterday, The Scary Box arrived.
I about lost it.
We’re talking collapsing on the floor hysterical laughter.
Allow me to show you why.
Below is a photo of The Scary Box. Circled in red is The Dangerous Battery from inside the box – yes, it looks more like a dirt smudge in the photo.
Yes, it really is that small.
Tissue paper is heavier.
Did you read the label?
“FORBIDDEN FOR TRANSPORT ABOARD PASSENGER AIRCRAFT”
What. The. Frak.
Airplanes allow: laptops, mobile devices, and cameras.
As CARRY-ON LUGGAGE.
Many of these contain lithium batteries.
Yet when traveling alone, away from the protective plastic coating of their intended device and the humans that abuse them, a lithium battery somehow mutates into a weapon so dangerous it can’t even hitch a ride in the belly of the plane!
I see another Samuel L. Jackson movie in the future: “Batteries on a Plane.”
Seriously, what the frak!
*Note: The battery enabled the camera to turn on, but it still says “busy” instead of recording an image. All the drama and no working SLR camera. I’m dying here.
Did you have a “what the frak” moment this week?