American Airlines to place limits on smart luggage

If you've got luggage that comes equipped with charging devices built in, you won't be able to carry it with you on American Airlines flights - unless the battery can be removed.

Starting next year, passengers won't be able to check so-called "smart bags" unless the lithium-ion battery is taken out.

The luggage can be brought on board with the battery in ... but passengers have to be able to remove it if the airline needs to check the bag due to space limits.

American is the first airline to place limits on "smart luggage" over concerns about the dangers of lithium-ion batteries.

Authorities say those batteries can pose a fire risk in the holds of airplanes.

The new rule goes into effect on Jan. 15.