Airlines Crack Down on Lithium Battery Powered Luggage
Other airlines, including United, are reviewing their policies to determine whether a similar restriction is warranted.
Battery-powered luggage or “smart bags” are defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as bags with features such as:
Battery-powered Luggage? What?
- A lithium-ion battery and a motor that allows the bag to act as a transportation device like a scooter;
- A lithium-ion battery power bank that allows charging of electronic devices;
- GPS tracking devices;
- Electronic locks or baggage tags;
- Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or RFID capability; and
- A lithium-ion battery and motor that allows the bag to self-propel.
Delta will not accept “smart bags” as checked or carry-on luggage if the lithium battery cannot be removed. See Delta’s notification here.
Full hazmat training to ship lithium batteries by ground, air, or vessel is now available as both an online course and an exclusive classroom workshop at Lion’s New Jersey Training Center. Meet US DOT, IATA DGR, and IMDG Code DG training requirements and build the knowledge and skills to keep your shipments in compliance.
Shipping Lithium Batteries—Online or Live in North Jersey!
Join us at the NJ Training Center for this exclusive lithium battery hazmat training! On February 8, learn the latest rules for offering lithium batteries for ground, air, or vessel transport. Satisfy relevant training mandates for highway, air, and ocean shipping. [49 CFR 172.704, IATA DGR 1.5, and IMDG Code 1.3.1]
Shipping Lithium Batteries Workshop—February 8
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