Smart Baggage: Important changes to the 59th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations
What you must know
An addendum to the 59th edition of the DGR effective 1 January 2018. The addendum takes effect as of 1 January 2018, except for the restriction on “smart” baggage, which takes effect as of 15 January 2018.
The changes to Table 2.3.A and 220.127.116.11 for smart baggage reflect the decision taken by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel to restrict the carriage of baggage with installed lithium batteries. While the decision by the DGP will not become effective until 1 January 2019 with the 2019-2020 edition of the Technical Instructions, the DGB has taken the decision to implement the restriction on smart baggage early to address the potential risk of baggage with installed power banks.
IATA Guidance on Smart Baggage with Integrated Lithium Batteries and/or Electronics
Recent developments of innovative baggage with integrated lithium batteries, commonly known as “smart luggage” are being marketed and sold to the traveling public. These devices include integrated lithium batteries, motors, power banks, GPS, GSM, Bluetooth, RFID or Wi-Fi technology.
The presence of the lithium batteries can contravene various regulatory requirements. These devices require careful attention – even if permitted by the applicable regulations.
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