Anyone thinking of getting a "smart bag"?

Lithium batteries are the issue. At least one brand has batteries that cannot be removed.

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I never saw those. Could be useful for the disabled.

Smart bags

Smart watches

Smart phones

stupid people

Just what we need, a bunch of smart bags on the ground that people can not see in a busy airport to trip over. I can see the legal cases now from all of the trip and falls. Bad idea for safety issues. Just think if everybody had one or two of those in a busy airport ???

People are getting to lazy

So the real challenge will be to hack into bag and have it drive away. I could definitely see this as a challenge and goal for many of the less than savory types. Techies (especially the dishonest ones) love a challenge.

Can I mount saws, hammers, and flame throwers to one ?

Is it smart enough to alert someone when it’s loaded onto the wrong plane ?

Only if you are within Bluetooth range - about 20 yards?

We just received an email regarding 'Smart Bags' on Dec 1st. I've seen them, thought to myself, "wow, that's really cool," then I thought...."oof, this could mean trouble for Gate Agents and Flight Attendants." My airline is anticipating that smart bags will be a popular item this holiday season. One thing to remember though, smart bags contain lithium battery power banks, which could pose a risk when they are placed in the cargo hold of an aircraft. (yes, I know this is a cruise forum, however, many of us need to fly to a port to get on the cruise)

My airline has been evaluating ways to enhance procedures and have come up with their own analysis. Beginning January 15th, customers who travel with a smart bag must be able to remove the battery, in case the bag has to be checked at any point in the customer's journey. If the battery cannot be removed, the bag will NOT be allowed.

If the customer is able to take the bag into the cabin with them, the customer will be able to leave the battery installed. No additional action will be required, as long as the customer powers off the smart bag in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations. However, if a customer is required to check their smart bag, the customer will need to remove the battery.

One thing to note, the FAA currently does NOT have any policy at this time regarding Smart Bags, however with all the issues airlines have had with lithium batteries (and lithium battery fires), they are trying to look ahead and enhance the safety and is looking out in the best interest for customers. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which adopts standards and recommended practices for all commercial airlines worldwide, is reviewing similar requirement which will require smart bags to have batteries that are "user-removable" in order to be transported.

As great of an idea smart bags are, with the issues of lithium batteries, just be careful and know what your airlines policies are regarding lithium batteries.

I've never heard of them before and they are something I'm interested in buying. Interesting info, tho GrandmaJo so thanks for posting.


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