Airlines Restrict 'Smart Luggage' Over Fire Hazards Posed By Batteries

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Airlines including American, Delta and Alaska have announced restrictions on so-called smart luggage because the lithium-ion batteries found in many of these suitcases pose a fire risk. These kinds of bags have proliferated in recent years, including motorized suitcases you can ride and one pitched as an autonomous " robot companion " that follows you around. Prices can range from $275 to more than $1,000 , depending on a bag's bells and whistles, like device charging, GPS tracking, remote locking and built-in weight sensors. But these features require power, often in the form of lithium-ion batteries. The batteries are in many electronics these days, because they are extremely efficient . But li-ion batteries have the potential to overheat and ignite,...

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