Korean Air may be setting a trend in starting from January 15th onwards, the airline will regulate passengers from checking in and carrying-on Smart Luggage.
Smart Luggage included features and devices such as USB chargers, Wi-Fi hotspot, GPS, auto locking system and motorized wheel. Smart Luggage with non-removable lithium-ion batteries may pose risks for fire hazard in cargo holds or cabins.
In accordance with the regulations issued by IATA towards ensuring flight safety, Korean Air will prohibit passengers from checking in or carrying Smart Luggage with non-removable batteries.
Smart Luggage with removable batteries will be allowed as checked baggage, under the condition that batteries are uninstalled prior to check-in and carried separately on board. While passengers are still able to bring carry-on Smart Luggage on board, if the batteries are removable and remain installed.