One of the more noteworthy uses of AirTags has been to toss them into checked luggage, which has helped many flyers track down lost bags. So German airline Lufthansa set off a firestorm recently when its Twitter account claimed that AirTags are forbidden from checked baggage for safety reasons.
Hi David, Lufthansa is banning activated AirTags from luggage as they are classified as dangerous and need to be turned off./Mony
— Lufthansa (@lufthansa) October 8, 2022
After objections from Apple, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, and after consulting with German authorities, the New York Times reports that Lufthansa has now clarified that AirTags are permissible in checked baggage.
It appears to have been a simple case of a social media manager at Lufthansa being confused about the regulations, which originate with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that sets the standards enforced by national air authorities. The ICAO banned rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (like those in your iPhone or MacBook) from being stored as cargo in passenger flights in 2016, citing fire risks. But that guideline does not touch on the small non-rechargeable lithium CR2032 batteries used in AirTags. Lufthansa itself never had a specific rule prohibiting them.