To Avoid Fires In Flight, Airlines Move To Restrict 'Smart' Luggage

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Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Airlines including American, Delta and Alaska have announced restrictions on smart luggage. These are bags and suitcases that have phone chargers built in. Some have scales to get your luggage weight just right. There's even a robot suitcase that follows you around so you don't have to pull it. These features of course require power, often in the form of lithium-ion batteries, and that is what's the problem. Here to tell us more about the new rules on flying with these bags is our own reporter Laurel Wamsley. Hi there. LAUREL WAMSLEY, BYLINE: Hi, Kelly. MCEVERS: So what are the airlines saying about smart luggage? WAMSLEY: Well, they've announced that beginning January 15, customers who have...

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