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HK Express Introduces New “Smart Baggage” Policy to Ensure Safe Travel   The new policy on the acceptance of smart baggage takes effect on 1 January 2018
Friday, December 22, 2017
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Hong Kong-based airline HK Express, a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), will implement a new policy on the “Acceptance of Smart Baggage with Integrated Lithium Batteries” on 1 January 2018 to address recent developments of innovative baggage with integrated lithium batteries, known as “Smart Baggage”.  The decision is based on the IATA’s guidelines, as adopted by the airline industry for safety management and risk mitigations.

                                                                                                                                                  

 

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HK Express Introduces New “Smart Baggage” Policy to Ensure Safe Travel   
The new policy on the acceptance of smart baggage takes effect on 1 January 2018

Hong Kong, 22 December, 2017    Hong Kong-based airline HK Express, a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), will implement a new policy on the “Acceptance of Smart Baggage with Integrated Lithium Batteries” on 1 January 2018 to address recent developments of innovative baggage with integrated lithium batteries, known as “Smart Baggage”.  The decision is based on the IATA’s guidelines, as adopted by the airline industry for safety management and risk mitigations.

Smart baggage is a category of luggage featuring lithium batteries that power various features and functions, such as GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, electronic baggage tags, scooter capabilities, electronic locks, and power banks (used to charge personal devices), etc.  

“Safety is our top priority at HK Express and we will take every step necessary to ensure world-class safety standards,” said Mr. Li Dianchun, President of HK Express. “With the introduction of the innovative baggage, HK Express must adjust policies to mitigate risk while simultaneously catering to the needs of our guests.”

According to the new policy, smart baggage with non-removable lithium batteries will be prohibited from carriage on HK Express — both as checked-baggage and as a carry-on. If travellers would like to check a smart baggage, the lithium battery must be removed and stored inside a carry-on during the flight.  If a smart baggage with a removable lithium battery is carried as carry-on baggage, the battery should remain installed but all functions of the smart baggage must be switched off during travel.  Every lithium battery in both scenarios is subject to the airline’s existing Lithium Ion Batteries Policy, which is designed based on the IATA’s Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).

Until 31 December 2017 inclusive, all smart bags with lithium batteries will be subject to HK Express’ existing Lithium Ion Batteries Policy.

If unsure about their smart baggage or its lithium battery specifications, HK Express guests are recommended to contact HK Express’ Call Centre at +852-3902 0288, or visit the airline’s official website www.hkexpress.com for further details.

 

HK Express is an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registered airline and therefore in compliance with IOSA standards. HK Express is committed to delivering operational safety to its Guests and crews.

For reservations or information, please visit www.hkexpress.com, follow us on Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/HKExpress, SinaWeibo: www.weibo.com/hkexpress; WeChat: HK Express; Twitter: HKExpress.jp or refer to our Instagram: @HK_Express.

 

About HK Express

Hong Kong’s low-cost carrier HK Express has become a leader in the Hong Kong aviation industry by concentrating on best-in-class on-time performance and safety while revolutionizing air travel throughout the Asia market. The airline also received a “7-star safety rating” – the highest ranking possible, as well as recognition from airlineratings.com, an independent, industry-respected research group, for being one of the world’s 10 safest low cost carriers. HK Express flies to 26 of the most popular destinations in Asia and has flown over 9 million guests since converting to an LCC – a major achievement that attests to the popularity of the airline. HK Express is also one of the founder airlines of the world’s first LCC alliance, U-FLY Alliance (www.uflyalliance.com), and is a partner member of reward-U (www.reward-u.com) as well as U-FLY Holidays (www.uflyholidays.com).

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