New Delhi, Jan 12: Jet Airways has decided to prohibit passengers from carrying smart luggage including devices with non-removable batteries on its aircraft from January 15. The move comes after the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a global trade association that represents over 260 major carriers banned smart baggage worldwide.
The airline issued an advisory on Thursday and said,”In accordance with the regulations issued by the IATA towards ensuring flight safety, smart bags or smart luggage which include devices with non-removable batteries, will not be permitted on all our flights, effective January 15.”
“Guests checking in smart luggage must uninstall the batteries prior to check-in. Post-removal, batteries can be carried separately in cabin baggage only,” the airline said.
The airline further advised passengers to remove batteries from their smart luggage and to declare them to the check-in staff.
“The liability of the airline and its staff is limited to the extent of only advising and guiding guests to ensure compliance with these procedures,” Jet said.
The airline will not be liable for any damage/malfunction of the smart luggage in any form due to un-installation or re-installation, the advisory further added. However, this does not mean that a passenger will not be able to carry the mobile phone on a flight.
Earlier last month, the IATA had announced that its Dangerous Goods Board restricted carrying smart luggage on passenger flights from January 15.