Germany-based Lufthansa airline has banned Apple AirTags from luggage, citing danger to air travel.
Lufthansa argues that baggage trackers fall in the category of portable electronic devices, and are therefore subject to dangerous goods regulations issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The airlines confirmed it in a recent tweet saying “banning activated AirTags from luggage as they are classified as dangerous and need to be turned off.”
@lufthansa just travelled ATH-MUC-CDG Business Class with 2h30 transit. Somehow you’ve lost my bag in between?! Apparently your team can’t find it (your system is down I’m told)! @Apple AirTag says it’s in Toulouse!! Can I please get my bag back before you send it somewhere else? pic.twitter.com/QxwFooJDRl
— KeepOnDiscovering (@mallo75004) August 30, 2021
Lufthansa mentioned airline guidelines as a reason to ban the AirTags. “According to ICAO guidelines, baggage trackers are subject to the dangerous goods regulations. Furthermore, due to their transmission function, the trackers must be deactivated during the flight if they are in checked baggage and cannot be used as a result,” it noted.
The AirTag is one of the most used devices for air travellers to track their luggage in real-time. It helps them track their luggage in case it gets misplaced or if it’s mishandled by the airline during their journey. Lufthansa is the first to ban them.
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