Lufthansa prohibits activated AirTags

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Those wishing to travel with Lufthansa with an activated Apple AirTag in their luggage may soon face a problem. The airline wants to ban the transport of activated trackers in luggage.

AirTag ban at Lufthansa

Apple’s AirTags trackers can be great for tracking luggage in the chaos of airports or on longer trips, and for tracking where suitcases are at any given time. It also makes it easier to find lost luggage.

However, activated AirTags and other trackers, such as the Chipolo ONE Spot, which we were able to test recently, in suitcases are in fact not allowed at all, as a report from Watson shows. This in turn refers to a report by Wirtschaftswoche regarding the airline Lufthansa.

The report states that AirTags in suitcases should be classified as “Portable Electronic Devices” (PED) and are therefore subject to the regulations issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for dangerous goods when transported on board an aircraft.

A Lufthansa spokeswoman confirmed this to Watson. Trackers with a transmit function, such as AirTags, must be deactivated during flight if carried in checked baggage. The same goes for smartphones, tablets and other devices.

Battery exhausted

So basically you will have to remove the battery from the AirTag if you want to carry the tracker on a plane trip. Watson notes, however, that there is actually a quirk here.

This is because unlike smartphones, laptops and the like, which use rechargeable batteries (usually lithium-ion), AirTags rely on a button cell battery. The danger potential is therefore hardly comparable to that of rechargeable batteries.

It is up to the respective airlines to decide whether these trackers should be deactivated and how to do so. According to Watson, Munich Airport has not formulated any clear restrictions in this regard and refers to airline regulations.

Berlin Airport’s statement is similar. There is therefore no official ban on activated AirTags. Since the decision is up to the airlines, it is of course chaos: whether or not you are allowed to check your AirTag in your luggage is not clearly regulated. Many international airlines allow trackers without any problems. Lufthansa, on the other hand, does not.

Before checking in your baggage, you must therefore contact the airline directly to find out how to proceed with the corresponding tracers. If there is a ban and you still have a tracker in your luggage, you risk a fine. Therefore, caution is advised.

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