Smart suitcase: Luggage with battery packs could be banned on flights
Airlines are banning ‘smart’ luggage which contain battery packs due to the fire risk they pose to planes.
American and Delta are just some of the airlines who have stated that any suitcases which contain batteries that can’t be removed are not allowed to be checked in.
United, Southwest and Alaska Airlines have also joined in with the ban with the changes coming into place by January 15.
Passengers with a suitcase brand that offers this would find themselves prohibited from boarding.
Many of the battery packs use lithium ion which is classed as a fire risk
Many of the battery packs use lithium ion which is classed as a fire risk by the The International Air Transport Association (IATA) when placed in the hold.
Suitcases such as Away, Raden and BlueSmart are just some of the smart cases on the market which will affect travellers.
Thankfully, the battery packs can be removed within an Away and Raden suitcase.
Away’s website states that the suitcases “aren’t affected by the ban” due to the “removable battery” it contains.
Raden also states that the battery is “completely removable”.
Smart suitcase: The battery pack must be removable or face leaving their bags behind
BlueSmart’s batteries cannot be removed, something which CEO Tomi Pierucci told The Verge was “an absolute travesty”.
The website states that they are looking to meet with the “world’s leading airlines” to make the suitcases exempt from the ban.
The move comes after a ban on the Samsung Galaxy Note last year after concerns they could ignite in the air.
An item that catches fire in the hold is more likely to cause damage than in the cabin, with the fire suppressing procedures not being able to notice the fire as quickly as a cabin crew member.
Smart suitcase: BlueSmart are one of the brands attempting to appeal the ban
A number of things can be banned in a suitcase that many passengers may not realise pose a fire hazard.
During the Christmas period, travellers with party poppers will have to remove them due to being sadly banned as they contain explosives.
Snow globes are also banned, as they are often made of glass as well as holding liquid.
Other common food items many may not realise are also prohibited.