A warning has been issued to anyone traveling with easyJet, Ryanair and BA this summer.
As if flying couldn’t get more chaotic, here’s something else to add to your checklist: check your bags.
Journalist and author Pandora Sykes says she wasn’t allowed on board because she didn’t have the right kind of bag.
So be prepared to take notes because no one wants to rush to the airport three hours early to find the plane takes off without them and their annoying bag.
Pandora tweeted, saying: “Beware anyone so stupid to fly easyjet – the captain just refused to let us on our flights because our checked suitcases have USB ports (aka ‘smart bags‘).
“EasyJet quietly changed its terms and conditions a few weeks ago without informing its customers.”
We didn’t even know they made bags with USB ports, but it’s not like we’re going to buy one now after hearing that.
Beware of anyone being so stupid to fly with Easyjet – the captain just refused to let us board our flights because our checked suitcases have USB ports (aka ‘smart bags’). Easyjet quietly changed its terms and conditions a few weeks ago without informing its customers.
— Pandora Sykes (@PINsykes) August 13, 2022
While one user asked Pandora if they did their due diligence, writing, “Did you remove the battery? those items so I guess the pilot was acting from a safe point.”
Pandora responded by saying she hadn’t seen the change in the company’s terms and conditions: “No, we didn’t realize they had changed their terms (we’ve flown a lot with these bags already ).
“It would have been decent to have a check-in reminder on the screen, or even to be called before we got to the gate so we could remove it and continue on our flight!”
For those wondering, easyJet’s terms and conditions state that for safety reasons a lithium battery or power banks must be disconnected before flying.
This means that smart bag owners who cannot disconnect the battery will not be able to fly with their luggage.
Ryanair also says you must be able to remove the lithium battery before putting the bag in an overhead locker.
So basically, leave your work at home and don’t pack smart bags on your vacation.
British Airways has a similar policy but adds that if you are able to remove the battery from your smart bag if the lithium battery is over 160Wh or you don’t know the Wh of the battery it will not be allowed on the flight.