Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon introduced a new policy surrounding the carriage of ‘smart bags’, a new type of luggage which has a lithium battery integrated into it; for charging your devices.
Smart bags will not be considered a portable electronic device (PED); their batteries will be handled as a power bank or spare lithium battery. The new policy follows industry guidance, issued by Air Transport Association (IATA) and aligns with similar products adopted by major airlines for safely and risk management.
The rule came into effect on January 1, meaning that customers who travel with smart bags must be able to remove the battery in case the bag has to be checked at any point of the customer’s journey. The passenger must carry the removed lithium battery in their cabin luggage; as they would any lithium battery device.
In the event of the customer using the smart bag as cabin luggage, the battery must be removed and should remain inside the bag. Importantly, if the battery cannot be removed then the bag will not be permitted onto the fight.
The airline said in a statement that any passengers concerned with the new policy are welcome to query and the airline will happily answer any questions.