Airline warning to passengers over smart bag restrictions

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One traveler said he was denied boarding due to the nature of his bag

Travelers going abroad on vacation should heed strict smart bag rules, a passenger warned.

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A vacationer was caught on an EasyJet flight by a regulation, later similar restrictions also apply to other airlines.

The warning comes as smart luggage is growing in popularity, but not all airlines welcome bags that contain a lithium battery or power bank.

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What is a smart bag?

A smart bag contains a lithium battery or power bank that is used to power itself or charge other devices.

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They come with several high-tech features such as device charging, electronic locks, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities.

The trendy luggage that combines travel and technology is becoming increasingly popular, but is not allowed on all flights.

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According to a Twitter user, they were denied boarding due to the type of bag they took with them.

Pandora Sykes has asked other passengers to be aware of what other airlines allow if you have smart luggage.

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They told that LiverpoolEcho: “Beware of anyone stupid enough to fly Easyjet – the captain just refused to let us board our flights because our checked-in suitcases have USB ports (aka ‘smart bags’).

“Easyjet quietly changed its terms and conditions a few weeks ago without telling its customers.”

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What baggage restrictions apply to airlines?

easyjet

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For safety reasons, the lithium battery/power bank must be disconnected.

If you cannot remove it from your baggage, the airline cannot accept the bag on board.

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If the smart bag is to be checked in and stowed in the hold, you need to disconnect and remove the lithium battery/power bank from the smart bag at Bag Drop and take it into the cabin.

All exposed terminals should be protected from short circuits.

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If you want to carry the smart luggage in the cabin, you need to disconnect and remove the lithium battery/power bank from the smart luggage, but it can stay in the bag.

British Airways

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If the lithium battery/power bank cannot be easily removed from the Smart Baggage, the Smart Bag will not be accepted on the flight.

If you can easily remove the lithium battery/power bank, the smart bag is acceptable for carriage if the following conditions are met:

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  • Lithium batteries/power banks up to and including 100 Wh are permitted for carriage.
  • Lithium batteries/power banks from more than 100Wh up to 160Wh, please see the information in the Lithium batteries section for approval.

If the Wh number of the lithium battery/power bank is more than 160 Wh or the Wh number cannot be determined (e.g. is not marked on the battery/power bank case), the lithium battery/power bank for the Flight not accepted.

  • If the Smart Baggage is to be checked in and transported in the cargo hold, the lithium battery/power bank must be removed and carried in the cabin (terminals protected against short circuits).
  • If the Smart Baggage is to be transported in the cabin, you must be able to easily remove the lithium battery/power bank – but it can remain in the bag.

If you are bringing Smart Baggage, the airline asks passengers to ensure they are aware of security requirements.

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If your flight is operated by one of the partner airlines, you must contact that airline to ensure you are aware of their Smart Baggage restrictions.

Ryanair

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You can take a “smart bag” with you on the plane as hand luggage.

However, you must remove the lithium battery before putting the bag in the overhead compartment, and the battery must always stay with you.

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A “smart bag” can be carried as checked baggage in the hold as long as you remove the lithium battery before dropping off the bag at the bag drop counter or gate. You need to take the battery with you on the plane.

Smart bags from which the lithium battery has not been removed may not be carried in checked baggage or carry-on baggage – or go through security with them (e.g. in the bag).

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