You might have read our post about our Bluesmart bags arriving. In that post I mentioned that there are some new airline rules for smartbags. What is Bluesmart doing about it? Well after their recent blog (link below), this is an email I received:
Firstly, I’d like to apologize for the delay and thank you for supporting our project! We understand that the new communication from some airlines banning smart luggage has put every smart traveler on alert! We appreciate that it can be confusing but I want you to have the full picture as we expect this to be solved shortly.
We are innovating the way we all travel and, as in every innovation when you try to make a difference there are some challenges that need to be overcome.
Bluesmart is actually fully compliant with the regulations set by the DOT (and FAA).
DOT is the federal agency responsible for overseeing the safety of transportation and the highest regulator of the industry.
DOT has already reviewed our products, all the technical documentation, passed all the necessary reviews and we are now waiting for the last step of getting a letter of approval.
This will formalize for the first time in our history our position as the only smart luggage in the world that can fly with batteries.
The DOT approval means an official interpretation of the product performed by those who actually make the regulations.
This is why we are asking the Bluesmart community to wait a few weeks so that you can see the results of what we are working on with DOT.
In the meantime, if you need to temporarily remove the battery from your Series 2 you can do so by following this short step by step guide: oooo.bluesmart.com/2018/01/18/
If you have any doubts or questions about this process please do not hesitate to contact me again. Of course we will update you on this as we get updates!
We’d like to thank you for your time, patience and support. Without you, the smart travelers of the world, it would be impossible for us to change the way we all travel and continue to innovate the luggage industry.
So we are slightly hopeful that they can get their bags approved but who knows when that will actually happen. What do you think? Will they actually pull this off? And when can we expect some progress with the IATA (International Air Transport Association) since currently they are only working with DOT in the US?
We are especially interested in Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia since that is where we live... Come on Bluesmart, you can do it!