They don’t actually show the battery in either the article or the video. The aluminium box you see at the bottom of the article is the protective housing, not the battery.
That’s just semantics; the protective housing is an integral part of the battery package with this model, and this shape of ‘housing’, if you will, is only used with the capacity that isn’t allowed on airplanes. See: https://youtu.be/wFGhS9gDuWg
They actually confiscated the batteries for a month according to the video.
Ok, but not sure how that’s relevant to any of this.
There is no limit on the size of battery when the mobility aide is checked in, it just needs to be electrically isolated, secure, and protected from short circuit. The housing does that. The article states “Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) and a United Airlines official told Hodge to remove the $2,000 battery from his scooter and fly without it, as well as his spare battery.”
You’re confusing the rules for non-removable batteries with the rules for batteries that are intended to be removed during transport. IATA:The dangerous goods transport regulations require the battery to be removed for carriage where the battery is specifically designed to be removed for transport. This typically applies where the battery is not protected by the design of the mobility aid and the manufacturer of the device intends that the battery must be removed for the device to be folded, or otherwise prepared for transport.
Where the battery is removed by the user, if the mobility aid is specifically designed to allow it to be, following the manufacturer’s instructions, the battery must not exceed 300 Wh, or for a device that is fitted with two batteries required for its operation, each battery must not exceed 160 Wh.
If the battery is not removed, there is no limit to the Wh rating for the installed battery(ies)
A passenger may carry a maximum of one spare battery not exceeding 300 Wh or two spares each not exceeding 160 Wh.https://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dgr ... 019-en.pdf
With this battery specifically being designed to be removed as per it’s manual the maximum Mh capacity applies.
The spare batteries sold by them are below the check in size limit.
Two are, one not. The one battery that’s shown in the news article is not so it isn’t a stretch to assume that the other one they took with them is the same model and above maximum allowed capacity as well.
I have taken much larger mobility aided before. I remember one time we had a significant delay as the passenger needed their mobility aide to and from the aircraft door. Due to its size and weight to get that device from the air bridge back through security, down to apron level and onto the aircraft took around 45 minutes on departure and arrival.
Now this makes a ton of sense, but your logic that very large mobility devices with large batteries are allowed and thus smaller ones will be allowed as well doesn’t hold up because the most restrictive part of the rules only apply to demountable or foldable devices like in this case, which will often be the smaller ones.
Our front line customer service staff are trained to contact the specialist staff in the head office to make any operational decisions like this.
Not sure what decisions there are really to be made when IATA and national regulations are very clear: either it’s allowed or it’s not.