Cathay Pacific :
Effective 1 January 2018, smart bags with non-removable lithium batteries will not be accepted as
cabin or checked baggage
Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will be introducing new policies surrounding the carriage of ‘smart bags’, which are a new type of innovative luggage featuring integrated lithium batteries for the purpose of charging an external device or to provide power to the wheels of the bag.
Smart bags will not be considered a portable electronic device (PED); their batteries will be handled as a power bank or spare lithium battery. The new policy follows industry guidance recently issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and aligns with similar practices adopted by major airlines worldwide for safety management and risk mitigation.
Effective 1 January 2018, customers who travel with a smart bag must be able to
remove the battery in case the bag has to be checked-in at any point during the
customer’s journey. The passenger must carry the removed lithium battery in their
cabin baggage and it will be treated in accordance with existing spare lithium battery
If the customer would like to take the smart bag as cabin baggage, the battery must
be removable and should remain installed inside the bag.
If the battery cannot be removed, the bag will not be permitted for carriage as
checked or cabin baggage.
Our Airport teams will be happy to assist customers with any queries they may have
concerning smart bags.
– Hawaiian Airlines today announced it will no longer accept smart bags containing non-removable
lithium ion batteries as checked or carry-on luggage beginning Jan. 15. These batteries have been known to short-
circuit, posing a safety risk for airlines.
Smart bags featuring removable batteries may be carried on and stored in the overhead bin as long as they remain
turned off for the duration of the flight in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Regulations regardinglithium ion batteries. Passengers may check a smart bag if its battery has been removed. The detached battery, which must be carried in the cabin, will need to have its terminals isolated to prevent a short circuit.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a smart bag may include features such as:
• Lithium ion battery and motor allowing it to be used as a personal transportation device, either as a stand-up
scooter, or sit on vehicle. These devices do not meet the criteria of a mobility device.
• Lithium ion battery power bank that allows charging of other electronic devices such as mobile phones,
tablets and laptops.
• GPS tracking devices with or without GSM capability.
• Bluetooth, Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) and Wi-Fi capability.
• Electronic baggage tags.
• Electronic lock(s).
• Lithium ion battery, motor and tracking device (GPS) allowing the bag to self-propel and ‘follow’ the owner.