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What Is Smart Luggage?

Know where your luggage is when you travel

Smart luggage includes batteries and circuit boards to charge your devices on long journeys. You can also track your luggage remotely and prevent identity theft. Sounds great, but using a smart suitcase presents some challenges.

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What is a smart suitcase?

The simplest smart luggage is any bag or briefcase that includes high-tech features, such as:

  • charging device
  • GPS Tracking
  • Electronic locks
  • App compatible remote
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Wi-Fi
  • electronic scale

Smart luggage usually has a hard case that can include any combination of these features. It makes traveling easy by allowing you to charge mobile devices, control TSA-approved locks from your smartphone, weigh bags while picking up, and track with distance and GPS location.

Some bags even have solar charging options, RFID blocking pads to prevent identity theft, and a portable Wi-Fi hotspot in case you’re in an area where you can’t connect.

The challenge of high-tech luggage

While it’s comforting to know that you can travel safely across the country or the world and know that you can find and protect your belongings, there’s a catch: Airlines aren’t as excited about your new smart suitcase as you are.

The problem is that most smart luggage is powered by lithium-ion batteries, which are known to be a fire hazard, especially on airplanes. Therefore, aviation authorities such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recommend against storing lithium-ion batteries in the cargo hold. There are fewer controls in the cargo bay, and an unattended battery could catch fire and cause devastating damage.

To reduce risk, IATA recommended in 2018 that airlines stop using smart luggage with non-removable lithium-ion batteries. ICAO did the same in 2019. Many airlines, including American Airlines, American Eagle, Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines, have begun banning these smart packages on their own.

Your smart bag won’t be lost

While stricter regulations for smart luggage have been introduced, they are mainly aimed at smart luggage with non-removable lithium-ion batteries. That still leaves options for some of the best luggage you can use to track, load, and manage your belongings. The new requirements mean: Lithium-ion batteries must be removable, even from carry-on luggage.

Smart luggage with removable lithium-ion batteries is still travel-friendly, as long as the battery can be removed quickly and easily. When checking the bag, you will be prompted to remove the battery. If you choose to carry luggage, the battery will stay in place as long as the case is stored in the luggage compartment. If for any reason luggage must be placed in the cargo hold, the battery must be removed and stored in the passenger cabin.

Some manufacturers, like Heys, have started making smart packs that use SafeSearch’s AAA batteries. These bags don’t offer additional charging options for your other smart devices, but they do allow you to track your luggage, remotely control locks, and set proximity alerts. So if you get too far from your bag, you’ll get a notification on your phone.

When in doubt, check the website of the airline you’re flying with, and don’t forget to check other airlines you may be connecting to during your trip. Each airline lists checked and carry-on baggage requirements, usually on a specific baggage information page.

GPS luggage tags are a good option

Travelers can also choose to ditch smart luggage tags and smart luggage tags altogether. These luggage tags allow you to track your luggage with secure battery-powered sensors that can be monitored via a smartphone app.

Dynamic tags are a great example of smart luggage tags: they can contain personal emergency medical information, detailed owner and travel information, and can be used for just about anything you need to track. Tags don’t use batteries, but they send information to a cloud service, so you can retrieve your information whenever you want, as long as you have internet access.

Travel with the latest high-tech luggage

Smart luggage is an advancement in travel technology. If you’re looking for the right smart bag, choose one with an easily removable battery. This means that no tools are required.

If you have questions about whether an airline allows smart luggage on its aircraft and what the restrictions are, check the airline’s luggage policy on their website.

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What Is Smart Luggage?

Know where your bags are when you travel

Smart luggage contains a battery and circuit board that can help you keep your devices charged during long journeys. You can also remotely track your luggage and prevent identity theft. Sounds great, but there are a few challenges to using smart luggage.

Maurizio Pesce / Flickr
What Is Smart Luggage?

In its simplest form, smart luggage is any bag or suitcase that contains high-tech capabilities such as:

Device charging
GPS tracking
Electronic Locks
Remote, app-enabled controls
Bluetooth connectivity
Wi-Fi connectivity
Electronic scales

Usually, smart luggage is hard-shelled and may contain any combination of these features. It makes travel easier by allowing you to charge your mobile devices, control TSA-approved locks from your smartphone, weigh the bag by picking it up, and track it by proximity and GPS location. 

Some bags even feature solar recharging capabilities, RFID-blocking liners to prevent identity theft, and portable Wi-Fi hotspots, in case you’re in an area where you can’t connect.

The Challenges of High-Tech Luggage

While it’s comforting knowing that you can travel across the country or around the world with the assurance that you can find and protect your belongings, there is one problem: Airlines aren’t as excited about your new smart suitcase as you are.

The problem is that most smart luggage is powered by lithium-ion batteries, which are known to be fire hazards, especially on airplanes. As a result, aviation governing bodies such as the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) and the U.N. International Civil Aeronautics Organization (ICAO) recommend that lithium-ion batteries not be stored in the cargo hold of an airplane. There are fewer controls in the cargo hold and unattended batteries can catch fire and cause devastating damage.

To reduce risks, the IATA recommended in 2018 that airlines stop allowing the use of smart luggage with non-removable lithium-ion batteries. The ICAO followed suit in 2019. Many airlines, including American Airlines, American Eagle, Alaska Airlines, and Delta Airlines, have moved on their own to ban these smart bags.

Your Smart Bag Is Not Lost

While stricter regulations against smart luggage have been implemented, they mainly target smart bags with lithium-ion batteries that cannot be removed. That still leaves options for some of the coolest luggage that lets you track, charge, and manage your belongings. The new requirements mean that lithium-ion batteries must be removable, even from carry-on luggage.

Smart luggage with removable lithium-ion batteries is still okay for travel, so long as the battery can be quickly and easily removed. When checking the bag, you’ll be required to remove the battery. If you choose to carry on your luggage, the battery can remain in place, as long as the suitcase is stored in an overhead bin. If the luggage needs to go into the cargo hold for any reason, you’ll have to remove the battery and keep it in the cabin.

Some manufacturers, such as Heys, have begun creating smart luggage that uses triple A batteries that are safe to check. These suitcases don’t have auxiliary charging for your other smart devices, but they do allow you to track your baggage, control locks remotely, and set proximity alarms. So, if you get too far away from the bag you’ll receive a notification on your phone.

When in doubt, check the website for the airline you’re traveling with, and remember to check other airlines you might be transferring to during your journey. Each airline lists requirements for both checked and carry-on luggage, usually on a page that has specific baggage information.

GPS Luggage Tags Are a Great Option

Travelers also have the option to forgo the smart luggage completely with smart luggage tags. These luggage tags allow you to track your baggage using safe, battery-powered sensors that can be monitored via a smartphone app.

Dynotags are a great example of a smart luggage tag: They can hold personal emergency medical information, detailed owner and travel information, and can be used on almost anything you need to track. The tags do not use batteries but do send information to a cloud service so you can retrieve your information at any time as long as you have internet access.

Traveling With the Coolest High-Tech Luggage

Smart luggage is an improvement in travel technology. When you’re looking for the right smart bag, choose one that has an easily removable battery. That means no tools are required.

If you have questions about whether an airline allows smart luggage onto their planes, and what the restrictions are, check out the airline’s baggage policies on its website.

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