European airline Lufthansa bans Apple AirTags on checked luggage

Says one of the largest airlines in Europe Goodbye on Apple AirTags on checked baggage.

Lufthansa, Germany’s most important airline, tweeted Saturday that the company banned “activated AirTags” from baggage because the devices “are classified as dangerous and must be turned off during flight.”

Apple’s AirTags are quarter-sized Bluetooth trackers that can be used to track personal items like car keys or bags using an iPhone’s Find My app. Travelers have started attaching the tracking devices to their luggage to track where their bags are in case an airline loses them.

A Lufthansa spokesman told German news agency Watson that travelers would have to remove the battery from AirTags – which would make them untrackable – if the device was attached to checked baggage.

“Baggage trackers belong to the category of portable electronic devices and are therefore subject to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s dangerous goods regulations for carriage on aircraft,” the spokesman said.

In a tweet on SundayLufthansa explained that due to the AirTags’ Bluetooth transmission capability, the trackers must be deactivated in-flight if carried in checked baggage.

As for flyers in the United States, the Transportation Security Administration confirmed Friday Bluetooth tracking devices such as AirTags are allowed in both carry-on and checked baggage.

Although the Federal Communications Commission still bans the use of cellphones on flights to protect against radio interference on grounded cellphone networks, the Federal Aviation Administration allows passengers to use short-range Bluetooth devices and other personal electronics as long as they remain in airplane mode .

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