Airlines ban smart luggage

MAY 9, 2018

In January 2018 quite a few major airlines banned “smart luggage”

What is “smart luggage” you ask? Smart luggage is the answer to many travelers dreams as it is normally a hard shelled suitcase that can charge your various devices, the luggage comes fitted with built in USB, electronic safety locks, GPS tracking and some even have WiFi.

The problem with smart luggage though, is that it comes with lithium ion batteries, to do all of the above, and this is where the problem lies. Lithium ion batteries are a known fire hazard especially on planes hence the ban by many airlines.

Be sure to check which airline has the ban and remember to check connecting flights.

The good news though, is that if you can’t use your smart luggage you can just attach a HomingPIN tag to ensure that that if your luggage is lost, finding it will be easy with the HomingPIN tag.

More about HomingPIN

HomingPIN offers baggage loops with tags, key rings and stickers that have a unique identification number on them. This number gets activated online prior to using the tag, and is linked to the owner’s email address and cellphone number. If someone finds a cellphone, keys, baggage, golf clubs, surf boards, or any other item that has a HomingPIN tag on it, they can easily notify the owner by visiting and entering the unique identification number, as well as their contact details.

The owner is immediately notified via SMS and email, and is able to contact the founder to retrieve their belongings. Finders are not given the owner’s contact details, however, so it is up to the owner to make contact first.

HomingPIN starter packs recommended retail price is R200 and the standard pack recommended retail price is R450.  HomingPIN packs are available at select Cape Union Mart Stores and online at

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