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Got a Fancy, New 'Smart Suitcase'? Leave it at Home

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For fire safety reasons, smart suitcases and bags with built-in, non-removable lithium batteries are now going the way of the Dodo. 

Delta, Alaska and American Airlines  banned these sorts of bags from their planes in late 2017, concerned that they could explode during a flight and spark a life-threatening fire. 

Many airlines followed in mid-January 2018, when a global ban recommended by the International Air Transport Association went into effect.

Our advice? 

Refrain from investing in any luggage that has a lithium battery — detachable or otherwise. 

If you already have one, remove the battery and take it to a local store that safely recycles rechargeable batteries. 

All in all, we welcome this ban as it'll be one less thing for all of us to worry about when we're flying the friendly skies. 


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