Major U.S. airlines ban ‘smart’ luggage with non-removable batteries

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on Feb 7, 2018

Photo of laptop motorized toy fitness tracker and other objects that use lithiumion batteries

Some major airlines no longer accept ‘smart’ luggage with non-removable lithium ion batteries as checked or carry-on luggage. The powerful batteries can potentially overheat and pose a fire hazard during flight. In some instances, smart bags with removable batteries will be allowed on board if the battery can be removed on site and taken on board with the customer. Check with your airline for restrictions.

NFPA’s Lithium Ion Battery Safety tip sheet includes precautions on ‘smart luggage.’