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Smart Baggage

Beginning January 1st, 2018 smart baggage with lithium batteries/power banks that cannot be removed will be banned from Check In and cabin baggage on all HK Express flights.

All lithium battery power banks in smart baggage will only be allowed for carriage if the battery can be removed and meet the requirements of our lithium ion baggage policy. The battery removal must be demonstrated to our ground staff, however may remain installed as long as all functions of the smart baggage are switched off for the entirety of your flight.

For any smart baggage which needs to be checked in at the gate, the batteries must be removed, placed in a plastic bag, and carried on board in the cabin.

What is Smart Baggage?

According to the International Air Transport Administration, a smart baggage is defined as an Innovative baggage with integrated lithium batteries.

Examples of Smart baggage include features such as;

  • Lithium ion battery and motor allowing it to be used as a personal transportation device, either as a stand-up scooter, or sit on vehicle. These devices do not meet the criteria of a mobility device.
  • Lithium ion battery power bank that allows charging of other electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops.
  • GPS tracking devices with or without GSM capability.
  • Bluetooth, RFID and Wi-Fi capability.
  • Electronic baggage tags.
  • Electronic lock/s.
  • Lithium ion battery, motor and tracking device (GPS) allowing the bag to self-propel and ‘follow’ the owner.