comscore Hawaiian Airlines to reject some ‘smart’ bags | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

Hawaiian Airlines to reject some ‘smart’ bags

  • Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Airlines has plans to hire more employees and expand their service throughout the islands.

Hawaiian Airlines announced today that it will no longer accept “smart” bags containing non-removable lithium-ion batteries as either checked or carry-on luggage, starting Jan. 15.

The lithium-ion batteries have been known to short-circuit, said Hawaiian Airlines in a press release, and pose a safety risk for airlines.

Federal Aviation Administration rules allow smart bags which feature removable batteries to be carried on and stored in the overhead bin as long as they remain turned off for the duration of the flight. Passengers may also check in a smart bag if the battery has been removed. The detached battery must be carried in the cabin, with its terminals isolated to prevent a short circuit.

The “smart” bags, which have grown in popularity, offer luggage with built-in features including GPS, chargers and motors.

A “smart” bag, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), includes features such as a lithium-ion battery and motor allowing it to be used as a personal transportation device, either as a stand-up scooter, or sit-on vehicle; a lithium-ion battery power bank that allows charging of other electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops; GPS tracking devices; Bluetooth, Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) and Wi-Fi capability; electronic baggage tags and locks.

Hawaiian Airlines joins others, including Delta, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines in its restriction of smart luggage.

Comments (9)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Scroll Up