Recent advancements in luggage technology have made great leaps, with the ability to self-propel or double as a scooter. New “smart” luggage can include a power bank for charging personal electronic devices, GPS tracking, and Bluetooth, RFID or wi-fi connectivity. Of course, these conveniences are powered by lithium batteries.
Operators should ensure that airport check-in and passenger services staff as well as cabin crew are aware of the restrictions that apply to the carriage of smart baggage. For example, all lithium batteries must comply with the power output limits set out in the Dangerous Goods Regulations. Power banks and spare lithium batteries must be removed from the smart bag before it can be loaded into an aircraft’s cargo compartment.
To alert passengers about these regulations, operators should include information on their websites as well as at ticket purchase and check-in counters, baggage drop-off areas, and boarding gates.
Many shipments of time-and-temperature-sensitive products ─ such as food, pharmaceuticals and chemicals ─ contain small battery-powered tracking devices or data loggers. These devices are usually powered by lithium batteries, which are classified as dangerous goods.
However, lithium battery-powered devices placed inside or attached to packages of cargo do not require a shipper’s declaration for dangerous goods. Also, while shippers of trackers and loggers do not need formal DGR training, persons preparing such shipments must be provided with adequate instruction. This means, at a minimum, the process for preparing the shipments must be documented, employees involved must understand the requirements, and records must be maintained of who received the instruction and when.
For more information, please go to: http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/pharma/Documents/lithium-battery-guidance-document-2017-for%20pharma-en.pdf
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