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Airlines to Ban Smart Luggages

Airlines to Ban Smart Luggages

Thursday, 7 December, 2017 - 12:15
Asharq Al-Awsat

Smart devices are innovative solutions to many everyday life issues, but they also pose some risks like the possible explosion of certain smartphones and other similar devices to the point that airlines have called for preventing some of them.

Smart luggages entered the ban zone by major US airlines, the German News Agency (DPA) reported.

Last week, the American Airlines announced a new policy requiring passengers to inspect their smart bags to remove lithium batteries that power them.

Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines announced similar policies to be effective by next January 15.

According to American Airlines, smart bags have spread over the past few months and are expected to turn into a popular gift during the holiday season.

"The smart luggages have ionized lithium batteries, which could explode when put on board."

Smart bags have GPS tracking devices and USB ports to charge smart phones and other devices through these batteries.

Although most carriers will allow passengers to keep their smart luggage if batteries are removed, but many bags in the market have built-in batteries that cannot be removed.

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