Smart Bag Policy Changes on American Airlines and Alaska
Smart bags contain lithium battery power banks, which can pose a possible risk if stored in the cargo hold of the aircraft.
Beginning in early 2018, Alaska airlines will only accept smart bags equipped with lithium ion battery power banks as carry-on baggage.
Beginning January 15, American will require that the battery must be removed from any traveler’s smart bag in order to check it onto any American or American Eagle flight.
Travelers may leave batteries installed in carry-on bags; however, the battery must be removable in case checking the bag becomes necessary. Smart bags from which batteries cannot be removed will not be accepted in the cabin or luggage hold.
“While this change is not required by the FAA at this time, we believe it will enhance safety and is in the best interest of our team members and our customers. We realize this policy change may impact you and your travelers and want to give you advance notice to minimize any inconvenience”.