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Smart bags to be banned by three US airlines starting January 15

December 2017

Smart bags to be banned by three US airlines starting January 15

The intent is to decrease the risk of fires caused by smart bags’ lithium-ion batteries.

A big blow for the rising and fascinating technology industry. As of January 15, 2018, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines will prohibit smart bags and other objects with non-removable lithium-ion batteries.

The so-called “smart luggage look like regular trolley cases, bags or backpacks, but they have built-in features such as GPS locators, alarm systems, weight scales that prevent over-packing, USB ports, etc. that make them game-changers in the travel industry.

And there’s more.

Alaska Airlines has also prohibited customers from carrying Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices onboard aircrafts.

RyanAir has announced a baggage policy change. As of January 15, the checked luggage allowance will go from 15kg to 20kg (and the fee will be cut from €35 to €25), but only passengers with Priority Boarding will be permitted to bring two cabin bags (the main one, 55x40x20cm in size, plus a smaller one that must not exceed 35x20x20cm) om board.

Alitalia is the first airline in Europe to receive the readiness certificate for compliance with IATA Resolution 753 for its baggage handling operations at Rome Fiumicino. By June 2018, all airlines must constantly track checked bags at every key point in their flight journey, including flight transfers.