December 21, 2017
Three More International Airlines are Banning Smart Luggage in January
Delta, American, and Alaska airlines first announced a few weeks ago that they would start banning smart luggage without removable batteries on January 15, 2018. These bags can do things like charge your devices, create a Wi-Fi hotspot, act as GPS locators, be remotely locked and unlocked, etc. Heck, Modobag even has an electronic bag you can ride in the airport. Airlines are banning these amid growing concern that the lithium ion battery could cause a fire in the cargo hold and potentially bring down the aircraft.
Several airlines have signed onto the ban since then. Qantas, Virgin Australia, and Cathay Pacific are all banning luggage without removable batteries from the cargo hold in January, with Cathay’s ban going into effect first on January 1, 2018. For most of these airlines, travelers can bring the bag onboard as long as the battery is removed, but can’t check it into the cargo hold. The details of the policy can vary, so sure to check with your airline before heading to the airport.
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