EasyJet, Ryanair and BA warning over ‘smart’ bags as holidaymaker ‘caught out’

Anyone about to jump on a plane should beware of strict rules regarding smart bags, one passenger has warned.

The holidaymaker was caught out by a certain regulation on EasyJet flights and soon discovered other airlines apply similar restrictions.

A smart bag contains a lithium battery or power bank which is used to power itself or to recharge other devices.

They have several high-tech features such as device charging, electronic locks and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities

Combining travel and technology, the trendy baggage is growing more and more popular, the LiverpoolEcho reports.

But they are no longer allowed on all flights.

According to one twitter user, they were refused boarding due to the type of bag that they had taken.

Pandora Sykes issued a warning to make sure you know exactly what the airline allows if you have smart luggage.

They said: “Beware anyone being so foolish to fly Easyjet – captain just refused to let us board our flights because our checked-in suitcases have USB ports (aka “smart bags”).

“Easyjet quietly changed their Ts&Cs a few weeks ago without telling their customers.”

Here is what each airline says about their restrictions on the bags.

EasyJet

In all cases, for safety reasons, the lithium battery/power bank needs to be disconnected, so if you are unable to remove it from your luggage, we won’t be able to accept the bag on board.

In the hold

If the smart luggage is to be checked in and put in the hold, you need to disconnect and remove the lithium battery/power bank from the smart luggage at Bag Drop and take it into the cabin with you.

Any exposed terminals should be protected from short circuit.

In the cabin

If the smart luggage is to be carried in the cabin, you need to disconnect and remove the lithium battery/power bank from the smart luggage, but it can stay in the bag.

What they said

The told Mirror.co.uk: “For safety reasons and in line with CAA guidance, we require items containing lithium batteries such as smart bags to be disconnected before we can accept them onboard. As Ms Skyes wasn’t able to do so, we unfortunately couldn’t accept the bag onboard or in the hold and she was unable to travel on this occasion.

“While we understand the disappointment this will have caused, safety is always our highest priority and we provide passengers with clear information on items which can be brought onboard and any restrictions, including smart bags, when checking in online and on our Help Pages at easyJet.com.”

British Airways

If the lithium battery/power bank cannot be readily removed from Smart Baggage by the customer, the Smart Bag will not be accepted on the flight. If you can easily remove the lithium battery/power bank, the Smart Bag is permitted for carriage, subject to the following conditions:

Lithium battery/Power banks up to and including 100Wh are acceptable for carriage.
Lithium battery/Power banks of more than 100Wh up to 160Wh, please see the information in the lithium batteries section for approval.
If the Wh rating of the Lithium battery / Power Bank is more than 160 Wh, or the Wh rating cannot be determined (e.g. not marked on the battery/Power Bank case) the lithium battery/power bank will not be accepted on the flight.

If the Smart Baggage is to be checked in and will travel in the hold, the lithium battery/power bank must be removed and carried in the cabin (terminals protected against short circuit).
If the Smart Baggage is to be carried in the cabin, you must be able to easily remove the lithium battery/power bank, but it can remain in the bag.
If you are bringing Smart Baggage with you, please ensure that you are aware of our security requirements. If your flight is operated by one of our partner airlines, please contact that airline to ensure you are aware of their Smart Baggage restrictions.

Ryanair

You can take a ‘smart bag’ on the plane as your item of carry-on baggage. However, you must remove the lithium battery before you put the bag in the overhead locker. The battery must stay with you at all times.

A ‘smart bag’ can be carried in the hold as checked-in luggage as long as you remove the lithium battery before handing the bag in at the bag-drop desk or the gate. You must take the battery on the plane with you.

Smart bags which the lithium battery has not been removed from are not allowed in checked-in luggage or carry-on baggage, or go through security with them on you (for example in your pockets).