Lufthansa bans Apple AirTags, only to be reversed

Just days after the ban on Apple AirTags in checked luggage became widely known, German flag carrier Lufthansa changed its mind.

The carrier put itself in an embarrassing position by going against regulations around the world when it suddenly banned AirTags, sparking a barrage of criticism and confusion among passengers, telling them they would have to disable the devices if they put them in checked baggage. due to international guidelines. for personal electronic devices.

He confirmed his position Sunday in a tweet, citing the International Civil Aviation Organization’s guidelines for dangerous goods, as well as the “broadcasting function” of trackers.

The only way to disable an AirTag is to remove the battery, as there is no on/off switch.

No other airline has attempted to ban the tracking device, which was introduced in the fall of 2021. Regulators in the United States and elsewhere have said the trackers, which do not interfere with aircraft communication equipment, are allowed in both transportation as in transportation. in or checked baggage.

Apple unreservedly rejected Lufthansa’s interpretation on Tuesday, issuing a statement saying AirTags complied with all applicable airline security standards.

On Wednesday, the airline essentially said, “Oh, never mind.”

“The German aviation authorities (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt) confirmed today that they share our risk assessment that tracking devices with very low battery and transmitting power in checked baggage do not pose a security risk,” the airline said. german flag. “With that, these devices are allowed on Lufthansa flights.”

Travelers use the devices in checked luggage in case the item is misplaced by the airline, and their use has increased since tens of thousands of air travelers were separated from their luggage during this year’s tumultuous summer travel months. .

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