AirTags have become the best travel accessory, especially this year. They have enabled travelers to find their bags even when airlines say they cannot be found. Now, one airline wants to stop that.
Lufthansa Wants to Ban AirTags
First of all, even suggesting such a ban is ludicrous. There is no way they can enforce this kind of ban. These are so small that any scanners would not be able to differentiate it from other small pieces of metal, especially when travelers are tucking them inside of things deep in a bag. It would consume hours of searches to find them and then what – they throw them away? Now there would be thousands of travelers calling Lufthansa to complain that their missing bag is sitting at a dumpster facility.
So, to even say they want to ban this is just ridiculous. Never going to actually happen that they will be able to keep them out of the cargo space. According to Paddle Your Own Kanoo, their reasoning is “Luggage trackers belong to the category of portable electronic devices and are therefore subject to the dangerous goods regulations issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for transport in aircraft.”
Part of what makes that so dumb is that modern day earbuds can be tracked as well and the airlines have not banned them from bags. Also, the Find My network is growing rapidly with many different things coming out so the airline would need to start banning all kinds of ubiquitous items.
What most of us will end up assuming, and I believe rightly so, is that Lufthansa wants to prevent travelers from seeing how badly they handle the misplacing of luggage. This summer was terrible with lost and delayed luggage in European airports due to smaller staff and baggage handling crews. AirTags were the one thing that helped travelers find their bags because the airlines were overburdened and incapable of finding them for the customer – even though it is the job of airlines to actually deliver luggage.
Maybe if the European Union would make a rule for luggage like they have for compensation for delayed flights, people would not need to rely on AirTags.