Cathay Pacific bans smart bags with non-removable lithium batteries

- A Monitor Report 01 Jan, 2018
Hong Kong : Effective January 1, smart bags with non-remo-vable lithium batteries will not be accepted as cabin or checked baggage on Ca-thay Pacific and Cathay Dragon airlines.

Smart bags are a new type of luggage that feature integrated lithium batteries for the purpose of charging an external device or to provide power to the wheels of the bag.

Smart bags will not be considered a portable electronic device (PED) and as such, their batteries will be handled as a power bank or spare lithium battery.

Effective the same date passengers who travel with a smart bag must be able to remove the battery in case the bag has to be checked-in at any point during the customer's journey. The passenger must carry the removed lithium battery in their cabin baggage and it will be treated in accordance with existing spare lithium battery requirements.

If the customer would like to take the smart bag as cabin baggage, the battery must be removable and should remain installed inside the bag. If the battery cannot be removed, the bag will not be permitted for carriage as checked or cabin baggage.