Originally Posted by hellosailor
Tx, it just goes to show that despite the unvarying language in the CFR about common carriers and what is or isn't hazmat, that each carrier interprets things differently. And each vendor as well.
I suspect that the USPS will take wristwatches by what we used to call "Parcel Post" without any complaint. That's strictly ground service
. But anything that might go on a plane, might be a different story. West might even be saying that because they get a better bulk rate from UPS or FedEx Home, you never know.
I wonder if the TSA has heard, there's this guy, he threatens to flush his watch battery down the toilet of a plane
unless the pilot diverts the flight to... [sigh]
It must be a recent policy change, or compliance by vendor varies.
You're on the right track WRT DHS/TSA bullcarp, government
intrusiveness is reaching new heights of absurdity and threat (IMO) every month.
Although it makes sense to be cautious with Li batteries, at least some flavors until they are proved safe, as some have already noted. Especially in the air, where access to compartments is even more restricted than aboard a boat.
A month or two ago I bought several watches (with batts inside) from WM, they were shipped Priority Mail (their choice, not mine; assume air shipping); arrived in a couple of days no prob, no warnings. I guess they were regular "coin" batteries, non Li. The one I mentioned above must have had a special 'extended life higher power battery
; it was a special "regatta" timer watch. Imagine all cell phones, tablets, etc., will be affected now, since they use Li batts.