Alaska Airlines to put limits on 'smart bags' starting January 15

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Typically, airlines have allowed passengers to bring computers and other devices with lithium ion batteries on board, where any fire would be easier to extinguish. But smart bags with built-in lithium-ion batteries pose a risk in the cargo area at 30,000 feet, airlines say.

The policy goes into effect January 15, the same day Alaska Airlines implements its own smart-bag restrictions.

"Smart bags, also known as smart luggage, have become more popular over the last few months, and they are expected to be a popular gift this holiday season", said American Airlines.

Airlines could ban so-called "smart" suitcases from all flights because their batteries pose a fire risk, officials have said. Last year, the FAA noted that their testing of plane fire safety showed that "current cargo fire suppression systems can not effectively control a lithium battery fire".

Most airlines will allow smart luggage on their flights if the batteries are removed.

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A spokeswoman for Southwest Airlines said the carrier is "in the midst of reviewing their policies and considering changes". While it allows things like laptops to be checked, it suggests they be placed in carry-on bags instead.

"We love innovation and understand why smart bags are so appealing for travel", Alaska Airlines manager of unsafe goods Mike Tobin said. Other bags with a motor can be used as personal transportation devices, as stand-up scooters or sit-on vehicles. IATA has also released guidance on restrictions of lithium-ion batteries within cargo holds. The rationale is that if a battery were to catch fire, it can more easily be extinguished in the passenger cabin, versus in the cargo hold.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) defines smart bags as luggage containing a lithium-ion power bank that allows charging of electronic devices, Global Positioning System tracking, Bluetooth, radio-frequency identification (RFID) and Wi-Fi capability, electronic baggage tags, and electronic locks.

What's considered a "smart" bag? "We just want to make sure that if someone has to check the bag at any time, that they can remove that battery". Many require you to use a TSA-approved screwdriver to get to the batteries in an Away piece of luggage.

Bluesmart said the company is organizing meetings with the world's major airlines and will demonstrate how its products meet all safety requirements and regulations. "We understand that there are some airport security concerns about travel technology and companies adhering to the various regulations and quality standards", Bluesmart said.

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