15 JANUARY 2018
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has followed Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways and Delta Air Lines in banning non-removable batteries from the new ‘smart bags’.
‘Smart bags’, the newest travellers’ gizmo, are suitcases on wheels where you can also recharge your mobile devices. They are powered by lithium batteries. However, although some come with batteries which are removable, others do not. Passengers will now be asked to remove their battery in the cabin and it can be stored in the bag for the duration of the flight. If the battery cannot be removed, the bag will not be permitted for carriage as checked or cabin baggage.
Currently 80% of US air traffic restricts non-removable batteries on smart baggage. British Airways, in common with other airlines, already has restrictions in place for lithium batteries – although it has not introduced restrictions, as yet, for smart luggage.
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