Three US Airlines to Start Banning Smart Baggage in January
Smart luggage is a small revolution for people who love to recharge their electronic devices from suitcases. But – and perhaps blame the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for its inspiration – airlines have banned some of those suitcases for fear of fires.
The Verge reports that Delta, American and Alaska Airlines will ban luggage with non-removable lithium-ion batteries starting January 15. ( CNN says other airlines may follow suit.) You can check smart bags if you remove the batteries and take them on board in your carry-on baggage. You can still carry smart bags with removable batteries.
There have been no fires from smart bag batteries, but given the damage a cargo hold fire can cause, the FAA is taking a safety-rather than regrettable approach, putting the batteries in the cockpit where any problems can be fixed. with fast.