Airlines Decide All Your Checked Smart Luggage Must Become Real Dumb, Battery-Free Luggage
In a statement to CNN,
Smart luggage boasts a number of features, usually including USB ports for recharging mobile devices, electronic locks, or alarms, and sometimes Bluetooth, GPS tracking, or internal weight scales. As CNN noted, a few models even have motors to double-function as scooters or just to help customers lug them around airports. Forcing customers to strip out the batteries makes them far less convenient and would undermine some of the key features like GPS tracking, which is supposed to keep smart bags from being lost in airline bag hell.
Some brands' products might essentially be banned from checked air luggage if the batteries can't be taken out. This is the case with Bluesmart, one of the leading manufacturers of smart luggage.
In a statement to CNN, Bluesmart wrote that they are "saddened by these latest changes to some airline regulations and feel it is a step back not only for travel
Does this mean that the trend of slapping digital components on every little item is kind of dumb? Sort of. Smart luggage has always been emblematic of how the internet of things concept can operate as a gimmick to justify higher prices for
just a few truly useful features
. But now that we live in an era where
airline security procedures
are increasingly eating into the convenience of
[ CNN Money ]