British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet are warning travelers not to travel with this bag

A famous journalist was recently unable to board her plane due to the nature of her carry-on luggage. Photo / Pexels

A famous British journalist claims she was denied boarding a plane because she was carrying the wrong type of hand luggage.

Pandora Sykes, known for her podcast The High Low with fellow journalist Dolly Alderton, tweeted in August about an experience with easyJet where she was denied boarding because of her carry-on luggage.

“Beware of anyone stupid enough to fly easyJet,” she tweeted.

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“Captain just refused to let us on our flights because our checked-in suitcases have USB ports (aka “smart bags”).

According to Sykes, the airline recently changed its rules to ban the bags but has not communicated with passengers.

“EasyJet quietly changed its terms and conditions a few weeks ago without telling its customers,” she wrote.

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One person commented on the tweet, asking Sykes if they followed all other airline rules, particularly those related to batteries.

“Did you remove the battery? There is a list of items you are not allowed to put in your checked baggage and we tick the box to confirm we do not have those items so I am guessing the pilot acted for safety reasons.”

Another agreed, saying easyJet was not to blame.

“I hate to tell you this, it’s not easyjet,” they wrote.

“The regulations that Li-Ion batteries can be disconnected and only taken with you if you can take them with you in the cabin have been in place for years. They are part of IATA [international Air Transport Asociation] dangerous goods regulations.”

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However, Sykes responded, saying she had flown with this type of bag many times and had never had any problems.

Although she had no problem with airlines changing their policies, she said airline staff should have warned her before arriving at the gate.

“It would have just been decent to have a reminder on the screen at check-in or even get a call before we reach the gate so we can remove it and still catch our flight!” she said.

She said she was not offered a refund for the flight.

As per easyJet Terms and Conditions, lithium batteries or power banks must be disconnected prior to flight for safety reasons.

If you can’t disconnect the battery, you can’t fly with the bag.

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Ryanair has a similar rule, while British Airways goes on to say that if the smart bag’s battery is more than 160Wh or you don’t know the Wh (watt-hours), it’s not allowed on the plane.

In New Zealand, the Civil Aviation Authority says passengers can check in and carry smart bags with lithium batteries as long as they “do not exceed 0.3g or 2.7Wh”.

Air New Zealand also enforces this rule on its flights.

This story originally appeared in New Zealand Herald Travel here.

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