Jet bans lithium-powered luggage

Jet Airways disallows smart luggage on flights from January 15

Airline major Jet Airways on Thursday said that "Smart Luggage"- with non-removable batteries will not be permitted on-board its aircraft from January 15. "Removal of batteries from the smart luggage and to declare them to the check-in staff is the sole responsibility of the guest". The airline's advisory will affect devices such as power banks, motors and bags with a lithium battery. Bags with a lithium battery will only be accepted if it is possible to remove the battery.

In a statement issued today, a Jet Airways spokesperson said, "Consequent to the review of the events on board Flight 9W 119 London-Mumbai of January 1, 2018, Jet Airways has terminated services of both the cockpit crew with immediate effect".

This does not mean that a passenger will not be able to carry the mobile phone on a flight. It said passengers could check their smart luggage in cabins only if the batteries can be uninstalled and carried separately.

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Passengers carrying smart bags as cabin baggage will have to uninstall the batteries and can reinstall them only upon disembarkation at the destination.

According to Jet Airways, smart luggage with non-removable batteries shall not be permitted onboard, either as part of cabin baggage or check-in baggage, on all its flights. "The liability of the airline and its staff is limited to only advising and guiding guests to ensure compliance with the above procedures", Jet Airways added.

The carrier has also said that it will not be responsible for any damage that may be caused to the baggage due to un-installation or re-installation.

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