The International Air Transport Association (IATA) proposes standards for the airline industry. IATA’s current guidelines for passengers traveling with Lithium-Ion battery-powered electronic devices and portable electronic devices in their checked or carry-on baggage on a passenger aircraft are as follows:
- The device must have a watt-hour rating of less than or equal to 100Wh.
- The battery design must have been tested and certified in accordance with a test standard referred to as UN38.3. (*)
Our standard range battery meets both of these requirements and is marked as such by a label at the bottom of the suitcases.
While IATA Standards are widely adopted by airlines, each airline defines its own regulations. We suggest calling the airline prior to travel, especially if you plan to take your Smart Suitcase on an international flight.
Can I remove the battery?
The batteries can’t be removed. They are installed into the suitcases to comply with all industry regulations. The principal purpose of the installed Lithium battery is to power the Electronic Mainboard. This Mainboard is what makes the suitcase smart and it controls all the features including the GPS location tracker, TSA-Approved automatic lock, the in-built weight system (Check 29” only), the ability to power another device if necessary and, Bluetooth communication. IATA does not require you to remove an installed battery which is why we’ve made the battery non-removable. Other companies claim to have Smart Luggage products are forced to remove their batteries, because their only function is to charge devices, and so they are considered “Power banks” and can’t be checked in. Our battery is not a power bank. It is an integrated system which streamlines your journey performing important functionalities such as, the location tracker to make sure you never lose your luggage again.
If you’re flying out of Asia.
Some airlines are still in the process of understanding Smart Luggage and its market adoption. When planning a trip to Asia, it is important that you are aware of the luggage requirements to avoid any delays or misunderstandings at the airport. We suggest that you take precautions in this regard and check with your airline before traveling. Some countries in Asia do not follow the travel standards set forth by the IATA. And the standards are then regulated by the Aviation Authority of each country of origin (FAA, EASA, etc.).
Where is the sticker with all the battery specs?.
You can find a sticker at the bottom part of your suitcase with all the information regarding the battery. The battery is LiPo (Lithium-Ion polymer), 3.85V, 10000mAh (38.5W/h). If you ever receive questions about the product, just show them the sticker at the bottom of your Suitcase. It’s got all the legal specs necessary to wave you through, and the link to this page for more detailed info.
What is the “Airplane Mode” functionality?
During take-off, the Bluesmart suitcases use several sensors to pick up on what’s happening and switch to airplane mode to comply with safety regulations. This is done automatically. The tracking system inside your smart luggage is designed with two independent means (barometer and accelerometer) to turn off both GPS and cellular functions during a flight.
When landing, the same sensors alert the suitcase to switch off airplane mode and reconnect. This makes the product airplane-safe and compliant with all regulations.
Why all this?
Smart Luggage is still a pretty recent development, and not everyone’s up to speed. We are always working to build awareness and industry alliances to help educate security personnel about our products. While most airlines understand and approve of smart luggage, others might still be getting up to speed.
How to turn off the suitcase?.
Our suitcases come with a power switch located on the inside the bag. This switch is not meant to be used however, if necessary it will completely turn off the suitcase and all its smart capabilities making it just like any traditional, dull suitcase. If you need to turn the switch off, make sure to switch it back on at the first opportunity.
(*) Reference to standard UN38.3 can be found here.