More airlines ban smart bags from checked luggage

Southwest Boeing 737-700

Three more carriers are banning so-called smart bags from being checked into luggage holds unless the bag’s integrated lithium battery can be removed and carried separately.

Las Vegas-based LCC Allegiant Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Chicago-based United Airlines have announced the new rules will take effect Jan. 15.

FAA, NTSB and ICAO have issued warnings on the potential hazards associated with lithium ion batteries and guidelines to minimize fire risks.

Passengers are being told they can check their smart bag only if the battery can be removed and taken onboard separately as carry-on.

Collected and summarized from the source below by Giang Tan