Electronics: Dos & Don’ts for Flying with Drones, Phones, Hoverboards

Got someone a hoverboard for Christmas and figure you’ll pack it in your suitcase? Think again! We’ve got electronic dos and don’ts for the modern traveler.

LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney has the latest.

Electronics: Dos & Don’ts


Getting an unmanned aircraft for Christmas? It must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. Registration is free for 30 days, then costs $5; sign up here. Important: FAA rules governing drones:

  • Fly below 400 feet altitude.
  • Keep your unmanned aircraft in sight at all times.
  • Never fly near manned aircraft, especially near airports.
  • Never fly over groups of people, stadiums or sporting events.
  • Never fly near emergency response efforts.


According to Mashable, Singapore and Malaysia Airlines are the latest carriers that say they will not transport hoverboards because of concern over the wheeled-gizmos’ lithium batteries (not to mention reports of fires associated with hoverboards). These airlines do not allow hoverboards in checked or carry-on baggage:

  • Alaska
  • British Airways
  • Frontier
  • JetBlue
  • Virgin America

Other airlines have partial restrictions; be sure to check the rules on your airline’s website before traveling. Tip: Mashable notes UPS will ship hoverboards but only by ground.


Most airlines allow phones on flights for surfing the net, playing games, watching movies and more. Yes, you pay for WiFi but it’s not the worst fee we’ve seen. However, keep this in mind: If for any reason any crew member says turn off your phone, do so. Failure to comply could lead to you getting kicked off your flight – or worse.


Updated: December 30, 2015