Airlines Start Banning 'Smart Luggage'

Non removable Lithium batteries are a potential danger in the cargo hold.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Suitcases Can Now Charge Our Phones

With our lives becoming ever more tied to the need to have an electronic device in our hands, luggage manufacturers have started to respond by adding battery units. For example, the Bluesmart One has GPS, remote locking and a rechargeable battery. Whilst this is great for being able to recharging your battery whilst waiting in the terminal, they pose a real danger.

Lithium-Ion Batteries Pose a Danger

Lithium-ion batteries have the potential to explode, and if this happens in the cargo hold, it might be too late before anyone notices. As a consequence, a number of US airlines, including so far American Airlines, Alaska and Delta, have made recent statements that they will not allow these suitcases on board unless the battery can be removed. The Bluesmart One is a carry on sized bag, but we've all been on a flight when the airline has had to put a number of bags in the hold. If you owned this particular bag, you'd be in bit of a spot. In fact they'd have to take you off the flight.

The ban could come in to affect as early as Jan 15th 2018.

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