Major U.S. airways are transferring to ban good baggage attributable to security issues over their lithium-ion batteries. American Airlines launched a press release Dec. 1 asking prospects to take away their batteries from their good baggage due to “safety management and risk mitigation” starting Jan. 15, 2018.

“Smart bags contain lithium battery power banks pose a risk when they are placed in the cargo hold of an aircraft,” American Airlines stated. “Customers who travel with a smart bag must be able to remove the battery in case the bag has to be checked at any point in the customer’s journey. If the battery cannot be removed, the bag will not be allowed.”

Smart luggage have grown in reputation with vacationers through the years as a result of they provide USB ports the place prospects can cost their telephones and different tech gadgets. The baggage may embrace options like GPS monitoring to find the bag in case it’s misplaced, digital locks, a weight scale and capabilities to propel a bag so it doubles as a scooter.

Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines have additionally introduced comparable insurance policies in opposition to good baggage to take impact on Jan. 15. United and Southwest Airlines additionally plan to announce new good bag insurance policies quickly.

A significant good bag producer, Bluesmart, criticized the ban.

“We are saddened by these latest changes to some airline regulations and feel it is a step back not only for travel technology, but that it also presents an obstacle to streamlining and improving the way we all travel,” Bluesmart stated in a press release.

Bluesmart stated its luggage adjust to present federal rules from the Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Communications Commission.

However, the aviation administration is worried in regards to the lithium-ion batteries.

“The airlines’ action is consistent with our guidance to not carry lithium-ion batteries in the cargo hold,” company spokeswoman Laura Brown stated.

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