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New smart bag policy from 1 January 2018

Latest update: 20 Dec 2017 16:00 HKT (GMT+8)

From 1 January 2018, smart bags with non-removable lithium batteries will not be accepted as cabin or checked baggage.

Smart bags will not be considered as a portable electronic device (PED); their batteries will be handled as a power bank or spare lithium battery.

Checked baggage

  • Passengers who travel with a smart bag must be able to remove the battery in case the bag has to be checked-in at any point during the journey.
  • The passenger must carry the removed lithium battery in their cabin baggage and it will be treated in accordance with existing spare lithium battery requirements.

Cabin baggage

  • If the passenger would like to take the smart bag as cabin baggage, the battery must be removable and should remain installed inside the bag.
  • If the battery cannot be removed, the bag will not be permitted for carriage as checked or cabin baggage.

For more details regarding baggage information, including controlled and banned items in addition to the carriers’ policy on batteries, please visit travelling with lithium batteries.

We recommend passengers check with operating carriers on connecting flights, for their policy regarding batteries and smart bags.

For more information on our baggage policies, please visit our baggage page.