You May Not Be Allowed On Your Next Flight If You Bring This Kind Of Bag
Bad news for traveling techies: U.S. airlines are starting to ban smart luggage from flights.
American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines have all banned smart bags – the kind of luggage that allows you to charge your phone or track your stuff’s location – that include non-removable lithium batteries.
The reason? Safety, of course. Built-in lithium batteries have the potential to ignite, and airlines don’t want anything flammable in the cargo hold or main cabin of planes. The exploding Samsung phone debacle is a recent example of this kind of danger.
If you’ve already dropped serious cash on a fancy smart bag, hope is not lost. If you can somehow detach the battery from the bag and stash it in your carry-on, you should be fine.
Popular smart bag brands like Away, Raden and Arlo Skye feature removable batteries. Other smart luggage brands have batteries that are more complicated to remove, but you might manage it if you’re handy with a screwdriver.
While the ban isn’t yet universal, more and more airlines are expected to adopt the policy. It’s worth confirming with your airline whether or not they allow smart bags before you start to pack.
Seems like another reason why it’s sometimes really smart to travel with ugly luggage.