Jet Airways announced that it would no longer allow passengers to carry smart luggage on its aircrafts starting January 15.
The move comes after the direction set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which just recently banned baggage of such nature on passenger flights operated by its 275 member airlines.
Smart luggage – as defined by the IATA – include gadgets with integrated lithium batteries, motors, power banks, GPS, GSM, Bluetooth, RFID or Wi-Fi technology.
Bags that have a lithium battery would only be accepted if the battery is removable.
The new policy however, does not mean that a passenger would not be able to carry a mobile phone onboard.
IATA’s Dangerous Goods Board made the call to implement the said restriction.
“In accordance with the regulations issued by the IATA towards ensuring flight safety, smart bags or smart luggage which include devices with non-removable batteries, will not be permitted on all our flights, effective January 15,” Jet Airways said in an advisory.
“Guests checking in smart luggage must uninstall the batteries prior to check-in. Post-removal, batteries can be carried separately in cabin baggage only,” the airline added.
“The liability of the airline and its staff is limited to the extent of only advising and guiding guests to ensure compliance with these procedures,” Jet Airways remarked.