Smart bag restrictions for Hawaiian Airlines start Jan. 15
Hawaiian Airlines says it will no longer accept "smart bags" containing non-removable lithium ion batteries for checked or carry-on luggage starting Jan. 15.
The airline says these batteries are known to short circuit, posing a safety risk. Smart bags with removable batteries may be carried on and stored in the overhead bins as long as they remain turned off for the duration of the flight.
A smart bag may be checked in if the battery has been removed. The detached battery must be carried in the cabin and must have its terminals isolated to prevent a short circuit.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a smart bag may include features such as: • Lithium ion battery and motor allowing it to be used as a personal transportation device, either as a stand-up scooter, or sit on vehicle. These devices do not meet the criteria of a mobility device. • Lithium ion battery power bank that allows charging of other electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops. • GPS tracking devices with or without GSM capability. • Bluetooth, Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) and Wi-Fi capability. • Electronic baggage tags. • Electronic lock(s). • Lithium ion battery, motor and tracking device (GPS) allowing the bag to self-propel and "follow" the owner.
According to CNN, many smart bags could soon be banned on most U.S. flights. Earlier in December, American Airlines was the first U.S. carrier to require passengers checking in smart luggage to remove the lithium ion batteries. If the bag is in the cabin, it must be powered off. Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines have similar policies to take effect on Jan. 15.
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