13 December 2018
You will no longer be able to carry your smart luggage in flights. A number of airlines including Delta, American, and Alaska have announced restrictions on so-called smart luggage as they come with lithium-ion batteries that are found in smart suitcases. These batteries can pose a fire risk, which is dangerous on flights.
A number of smart suitcases have been launched over the last couple of years, which can be ridden or even follow you, which can be quiet convenient while traveling. These suitcases come with a number of ports like USB, GPS tracking, etc, are powered by Lithium batteries.
"Beginning Jan. 15, customers who travel with a smart bag must be able to remove the battery in case the bag has to be checked at any point in the customer's journey. If the battery cannot be removed, the bag will not be allowed," American said in a statement. Similar statements have also been issued by Delta and Alaska Airlines.
The airlines have stated that users will have to remove the batteries while boarding a flight and keep them to themselves. However, a number of smart suitcases don’t come with the option of removing the batteries.
Bluesmart, one of the leading manufacturers of smart luggage has non-removable batteries in their products. In a statement, the company said that they are “saddened by these latest changes to some airline regulations and feel it is a step back not only for travel technology but that it also presents an obstacle to streamlining and improving the way we all travel.”