American Airlines’ Smart Luggage Policy

by Nicole Quaste

Dec 5, 2017
eFlyer News

American Airlines announced a new security measure going into effect Jan. 15, 2018.

Smart bags, or smart luggage, are popular options for travelers, but they contain lithium battery power banks, which pose a risk when placed in the cargo hold of an aircraft.

As part of safety management, American analyzed these bags, and beginning Jan. 15, 2018, customers who travel with a smart bag must be able to remove the battery in case the bag needs to be checked at any point of the customer’s journey. If the battery can’t be removed, the bag will not be allowed.

If customers are able to bring the bag into the cabin with them, no additional action will be required as long as the customers power off the smart bag in accordance with existing Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

The policy will apply to all American and American Eagle flights.

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