Alaska Airlines to put limits on 'smart bags' starting January 15

Alaska Airlines to put limits on 'smart bags' starting January 15

Alaska Airlines to put limits on 'smart bags' starting January 15

But many are also powered by lithium batteries, which, according to a number of USA airlines, pose a risk when placed in the cargo hold of a plane. The airlines will still allow travelers to bring the bags as carry-ons as long as the batteries are powered down according to existing Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

If the customer is able to take the bag into the cabin with them, then they will be able to leave the battery installed.

On Wednesday, during a special cargo session at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) headquarters in Geneva, the association confirmed that it will take steps to recommend a global ban of smart bags starting on January 15, 2018.

And those batteries have the potential to overheat and ignite, something that airlines are especially wary of after dozens of reports of last year's Samsung Galaxy Note 7 batteries smoking and catching fire.

But those battery packs are usually lithium-ion. However, if a customer is required to check their smart bag, the customer will need to remove the battery.

Tim Ryan, chief marketing officer at Chicago-based smart bag-maker Modobag, said its batteries are removable, though the company may consider making batteries easier to remove in an upcoming line of smart bags that are created to be checked.

A spokesman for American tells NPR that rules banning the bags' powerful lithium batteries from checked baggage aren't because they're more likely to catch fire in a cargo hold, but because it's hard to fight a fire that breaks out there.

"As we speak, we are talking with the airlines so they can review our products and get the proper exemptions in place", Tomi Pierucci, co-founder and CEO of Bluesmart told Forbes.

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And in the case of a bag having a non removable battery, those can not be checked or carried onto the flight.

Not a good thing to happen when it's in a jet's cargo hold.

"In the cabin, passengers and crew can fight a fire", he adds.

This is the case with Bluesmart, one of the leading manufacturers of smart luggage.

"Before and at the time of production, we did our due diligence to make sure that we complied with all worldwide regulations defined by DOT and FAA", one such company, Bluesmart, said on its website.

"We are saddened by these latest changes to some airline regulations and feel it is a step back not only for travel technology but it also presents an obstacle to streamlining and improving the way we all travel", luggage maker Bluesmart said in a blog post.

Both airlines will requiring that even carry on bags must have the batteries that removed. To date, neither the TSA nor FAA have endorsed a smart bag as approved.

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