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IATA imposes smart luggage ban

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that it would be imposing a ban on smart luggage, claiming that it might not be safe.

IATA pointed to the lithium batteries as a potential hazard, a point of contention that has been around for several years now.

Back in 2016, the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 because of fears that its battery might combust.

Last summer, the FAA disclosed that there were 18 recorded incidents that involved lithium-ion batteries onboard airplanes and inside airports.

IATA’s website says that bags that hold a lithium battery still be accepted for carriage onto the cabin, but only if it were possible to remove the battery from the bag.

Furthermore, the website states that smart bags that come with the battery installed into it would be allowed onboard but as carry-on baggage. It said that a smart bag could be carried as checked baggage but its battery must be removed and carried inside the passenger cabin.

The announcement comes after major airports in the United States implemented restrictions on smart luggage carriage.

Some notable carriers include Alaska Airlines, Delta, American Airlines just to name a few.

The airlines have claimed safety concerns over the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that have shown a tendency to combust in the cargo holds.

Few business jets and commercial aircrafts already have PlaneGard devices installed in an effort to deal with the threat of laptop battery fires.

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