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Smart Suitcases: The newest threat to airlines

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FOX-If you're planning to buy or travel with a smart suitcase for the holidays, you may want to think twice.

Beginning on January 15th, passengers traveling on American Airlines won't be able to check their "smart" luggage if the suitcase's lithium-ion battery can't be removed.

Friday the airline announced the move with Delta Airlines and Alaska airlines quickly following suit.

Smart suitcases have become more popular recently thanks to features like bag tracking and phone-charging ports.

The "smart" features are powered by a lithium ion battery, which has the potential to overheat and pose a fire hazard risk during flight.

The airlines say you can still pack your smart luggage as long as it has the battery can be removed.

United Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still considering the issue.

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