In accordance with the IATA (International Air Transport Association) regulations, Etihad Airways and Emirates airlines aware passengers not to carry smart bags on flights. If smart bag is carried then the passengers must ensure it has a removable battery.
Starting from 10th January, Emirates in line with IATA regulations, has put in place restrictions on smart bags as checked-in or carry-on baggage.
The airlines also said that the smart bags are only allowed in the cabin if the battery is removable and within the cabin baggage size and weight limits, and the battery can remain installed as long as the smart bag is completely powered off.
The smart bag is prohibited on the flight if battery is not removable, added the airline.
Smart bags are only allowed in checked baggage if the battery can be removed and carried in the cabin. And if the weight of such bag exceeds the cabin baggage size/weight limitations for the route then it can’t be carried on the plane.
As per IATA’s regulations, smart luggage includes baggage with integrated lithium batteries, motors, power banks, GPS, GSM, Bluetooth, RFID or Wi-Fi technology.