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Lufthansa bans Apple AirTags for baggage tracking, says ‘flight hazard’.

German airline Lufthansa has banned Apple AirTags for baggage tracking on its flights, calling them a “flight hazard”. Lufthansa cited International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations that make baggage trackers subject to dangerous goods regulations. However, according to a report on AppleInsider, the guidelines cited by Lufthansa say no such thing. The report states that the guidelines are not intended for small baggage tracking devices including Apple Airtags.

Following initial reports in German media, the airline’s Twitter account was asked to confirm that the ban was in place. In one tweet, Lufthansa wrote: “Banning activated AirTags from luggage as they are classified as dangerous and need to be switched off.”

In further classification, the carrier claimed: “According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines, baggage trackers are subject to dangerous goods regulations.”

In addition, due to their transmission function, the trackers must be deactivated during the flight if they are in checked baggage and therefore cannot be used.

But the claim that the airline is making about ICAO guidelines is completely wrong, the report said. Specifically, the regulation cited by Lufthansa talks about regulations for lithium-ion batteries, such as those used in larger devices such as the MacBook Pro.

Apple AirTags and other similar tracking devices use a battery that is too small to be considered a problem according to the guidelines. Second, AirTags use CR2032 cells, which are not lithium-ion batteries and are therefore not covered by the regulation.

CR2032 cells were actually also used in wristwatches, and using the same CR2032 would be banned on flights — and they aren’t, the report says

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