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Smart cases facing flight ban amid safety fears

15 December 2017 Return to news listings

Smart cases facing flight ban amid safety fears

“Smart Luggage” – cases with features such as GPS tracking and phone chargers – may be banned from flights amid fears that they pose a fire risk. Several US-based carriers are stopping passengers from flying with cases from which lithium-ion batteries cannot be removed. The International Air Transport Association is expected to rule on the issue by the end of 2017.

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BTAA Chairman, David Nathan commented "The advent of Smart Luggage appeared to offer opportunities for new products with innovative features and added value. However, since the Galaxy Note fires, airlines have become ever more watchful of the potential dangers posed by Lithium ion batteries. With many companies about to launch new products for 2018, many of which may contain battery powered features, it is important to be aware of possible restrictions. We will be liaising with IATA and will know in the next few weeks if these bans are to go ahead. BTAA members will be emailed on developments, as they occur."

 

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