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Airlines Limit Smart Bags Allowed on Flights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/06/2017, 3:30 PM

The supposed next big thing in luggage just hit a snag.  Several U.S. airlines have announced bans on technologically sophisticated "smart" suitcases with lithium-ion batteries that can't be removed. The high-powered batteries help make possible such wonders as suitcases with the capacity to charge cell phones, make their locations known via GPS, and even follow their owners around airports.  B...

Airline Rules on Checked Bags and Wheelchairs Delayed

By Jessica Monsell

Posted on 03/24/2017, 4:30 PM

If you've ever been separated from your checked luggage—or worse, your checked wheelchair—you might wish the government would do something about the problem. Last year, the government did, finalizing a new rule that would shed some light on how well airlines handle checked bags and wheelchairs. And this year, the Department of Transportation, at the request of the major U.S. airlines, undi...

Innovative Wheeled Luggage You Push Instead of Pull

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/21/2016, 5:00 AM

Having cornered the market on fancy baby buggies, Bugaboo has turned its attention to wheeled luggage. The Dutch company's new creation, the Boxer, is a four-wheeled trolley onto which a combination of suitcases can be clicked for convenient toting around airports and hotel lobbies. But that's not the innovative part. Because the trolley tilts in a way that distributes the luggage's we...

Delta's App Now Lets You Track Your Checked Bags on a Map

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/28/2016, 4:00 AM

Delta Air Lines has updated its mobile app so that passengers can now track their checked luggage from the moment it's dropped off to when it ends up in baggage claim (with any luck, at the correct destination).  Using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, the app's new feature lets your follow your luggage's journey via a suitcase icon that appears on a map of the U.S. Tap the icon ...

Airlines Reaping Windfall from Checked-Baggage Fees

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/19/2016, 4:00 AM

Your luggage is making the major airlines a fortune. According to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, passengers have paid an estimated $26.2 billion in mandatory baggage fees since 2007, around the time when many carriers began charging extra to check your first bag.  As the Daily Mail points out, that's enough money to buy United Airlines, currently valued ...

New Apps Let You Turn Your Luggage Into a Courier Service

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/12/2016, 4:00 AM

Airline baggage fees have turned luggage space into a valuable commodity. And now there are apps to help you sell it.  A startup called Airmule and a new rival, Grabr, connect customers in need of a delivery service with users who have space to fill in their suitcases. With Grabr, you can search to see if anybody in the city you're flying to wants anything from the city you're flying from,...

How to Pack 100 Items in a Carry-On

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/18/2016, 8:30 PM

Watch as this industrious former Bond Girl (Die Another Day) named Rachel Grant shows us how to neatly pack more than 100 things—including a full rail of 23 hanging outfits—into a single piece of hand luggage. She's a maestro at rolling, rubber-banding, plastic-bagging, and re-bottling toiletries—and the final result, we're told, weighed no more than 17.6 pounds (8kg). It helped that nearl...

Robotic Suitcase That Follows You Around

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/28/2016, 1:00 PM

We are truly living in an age of innovation when it comes to wacky luggage. This week alone we've told you about the luggage clip that lets you pull your suitcase without using your hands and the motorized carry-on bag you can ride around the airport. Now somebody has invented the Cowarobot R1, a robotic suitcase that follows you around instead of requiring you to drag it (or piggyback...

A Carry-On Bag You Can Ride Around the Airport

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/27/2016, 1:00 PM

Here's a novel way of getting around the airport: hitching a ride on your carry-on bag. A contraption called Modobag lets you do just that. Equipped with an electric motor, it's a suitcase you can sit on and ride at speeds of up to 8 miles per hour. It has a range of about 8 miles, a size and battery that you can take on planes, and a memory foam seat strong enough to support a rider weigh...

Luggage Clip Lets You Pull Your Suitcase Hands-Free

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/25/2016, 12:45 PM

If you're tired of dragging your rolling suitcase around by hand and don't mind looking slightly ridiculous, a new doohickey called My Hitch is perfect for you. It's a plastic clip that you attach to the back belt loop of your pants, then attach to your suitcase, so that you can pull it around behind you, leaving your hands free while you walk. My Hitch works best with luggage under 25...

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