Before you snag a shiny new smart suitcase, though, you need to know the rules for traveling with them. Early this year, major U.S. airlines banned smart luggage with lithium ion batteries from planes, due to safety concerns.
"It's a fire waiting to happen," said Steffanie Rivers, a flight attendant with American Airlines and author of "The Do's and Don'ts Of Flying: A Flight Attendant's Guide To Airline Travel Secrets." "In addition to everything else we have to police, now we have to peruse the aisles looking for smart luggage."
There are some workarounds for getting a smart suitcase securely on the plane, including removing the battery from the case, if you're checking the luggage and powering the bag down, if it's traveling in the cabin with you. Airlines will not allow any smart suitcase on a plane that does not have a removable battery, in case it needs to be checked at any point during your flight.
To help you arrive to your destination without hassle, we've rounded up a list of high-tech luggage for business travel that should be a breeze to bring on board U.S. airplanes.