Lufthansa’s AirTag Ban Justification Is Seriously Flawed

Earlier today I wrote about German airline Lufthansa banning AirTags in luggage. I suspect this has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with the fact that they lose people’s luggage and AirTags not only allow passengers to hold them accountable for this, but embarrassing them at the same time. Here’s another data point on this front. Lufthansa tweeted this as its justification:

So I found this response to be a bit suspect. Thus I found the regulation online. Now I am no expert on this sort of thing, and I would welcome an expert to comment on this. But the way I read this is as follows:

  • The regulation that Lufthansa appears to be citing specifically talks about lithium ion battery regulations. AirTags use a CR2032 battery which is not a lithium ion battery.
  • AirTags are basically very low-powered transmitters. This means that there is not nearly enough power to interfere with commercial plane’s systems.

So my guess is Lufthansa is using this as cover and hoping that nobody will call them on it.

Too bad for them the Twitterverse called them on it:

Really, at this point Lufthansa needs to find some way to walk this back because they are not winning here. In fact they’re losing. They’re losing on the public relations front, and there is zero chance that passengers will comply with this edict from them. Thus they might as well give up now and save some face.

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