Acceptance of Spillable and Non-Spillable Batteries:
If a spillable or non-spillable battery can be loaded, stored, secured and unloaded in an upright position the entire time in transit, the battery should be left on the device. Spillable batteries that cannot be loaded, stored, secured and unloaded in an upright position must be removed and placed in an approved battery box. Due to certain aircraft types (MD80, F100 and regional aircraft) the size of the door and incline of the conveyor belt may prohibit loading these items. An analysis will be conducted at the airport.
Customers traveling with battery powered wheelchairs may stow their wheelchairs in the cabin on a first-come first-served basis provided the following criteria are met:
Should a customer check in less than one hour prior to departure, American Airlines will make every effort to accommodate the customer's request to carry their wheelchair in the cabin, provided they identify themselves and pre-board. If they elect not to pre-board and the stowage space is not available in the cabin, the wheelchair will be gate checked and transported in the cargo hold.
- The customer checks in one hour before the scheduled departure time of the flight, identifies themselves, and requests to pre-board.
- The wheelchair must fold, break down or collapse.
- The stowage compartment in the cabin must be of a size to safely accommodate the wheelchair per Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety regulations.
- The weight of the wheelchair does not exceed the amount allowable for the stowage closet as indicated on placards located in the closet.
- The on-board stowage area is not occupied by other assistive devices (manual or other battery-powered wheelchairs).
- Batteries, whether it be a non-spillable gel cell or a spillable wet cell, will not be accepted in the cabin in a damaged or leaking condition.