Both Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon have launched new policies governing the carriage of ‘smart bags’, which are a type of luggage featuring integrated lithium batteries.
These batteries are typically utilised by travellers to provide a portable source of power for charging an external device, or to power the wheels of the bag.
As per the new the policy, smart bags will no longer considered a portable electronic device (PED). Their batteries will be classified as a power bank or spare lithium battery.
The new policy follows industry guidance from the recently issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Set to go into effect from the 1 January, 2018, customers who travel with a small bag must be able to remove the battery in order to be valid for check-in, both in the case of cabin of checked baggage.
Removed lithium batteries can be carried as cabin baggage and it will be treated in accordance with existing spare lithium battery requirements.