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U.S. airlines move to ban 'smart bags'
Blanca Blake
December 06

The first bans are set to go into effect on January 15. But they are powered by lithium ion batteries, which have been known to burst into flames on flights. Airlines fear the batteries may catch on fire once on the plane.

American Airlines led the pack, announcing their ban on December 1. Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines rolled out similar rules, while United Airlines and Southwest Airlines say they're reviewing the issue.

Global airlines body IATA said it could issue industry-wide standards on the new luggage soon, after some USA airlines issued their own restrictions on smart bags, whose manufacturers include companies such as BlueSmart, Raden or Away. Although most of the airlines will allow passengers to travel with the smart bags if the battery is removed, but numerous bags already on the market have batteries that can't be removed.

"While these restrictions may pose a challenge to some of our guests, there have been no incidents to date with smart bags on aeroplanes and we want to keep it that way". Smart bags have grown in popularity with travelers over the years because they offer USB ports where customers can charge their phones and other tech devices. Some also have a weight scale or a motor to follow its owner around the terminal.

But Ryan took issue with the way airlines' new policies treat all smart bags the same. "If the battery can not be removed, the bag will not be allowed". These contain Global Positioning System tracking and can charge devices, weigh themselves or be locked remotely using mobile phones, but they are powered by lithium ion batteries, which the aviation industry regards as a fire risk, especially in the cargo hold.

The lithium batteries that power Modobag's motorized luggage, which travelers can ride through the airport, use different technology than the lithium-ion batteries blamed for exploding smartphones and hoverboards, according to Ryan.

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Could be that smart baggage has finally outsmarted itself. Do you think the manufacturers could have discussed the concept with the airlines before making them? Do Lithium Iron batteries have NO adverse history at all? Do Lithium Iron batteries have NO adverse history IN AVIATION?

Hmmm, sounds like yet another screaming need for a Department of That's A Really Stupid Feckin Idea for all of those baggage manufacturers.

Well, Mr. BleedingEdge Paranoiac might as well have saved his money, because now he's got all of his baggage-tracking fears back AND he's out a bundle for the expensive useless garbage he bought.

Some folks are so smart, and yet still so damned stupid.

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