Airhansa to turn all luggage tags over to a tracking device

Lufthansa Says Passengers Can’t Use Apple AirTags to Track Checked Bags

In a bid to tackle baggage theft, German carrier Lufthansa will soon turn all airliners’ luggage tags over to a tracking device — but passengers are prohibited from using Apple’s AirTags or Bluetooth tracking devices to connect with the tracking company.

The Lufthansa-owned AirNav system uses GPS to track bags, but passengers can’t use AirTags or Bluetooth devices to connect.

“AirTags and connected devices use a secure, Internet Protocol [IP] address,” a Lufthansa spokesperson told Mashable. “We do not give passengers access to this information.”

“We can see where you are going, how fast you are flying, when you leave and where you are during your trip,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Apple’s AirTags, a tiny USB-style Bluetooth tracking device, can be used to connect to the company’s AirNav service, which tracks bags on a Lufthansa aircraft.

Bluetooth tracking is prohibited in all areas of the EU, except for the UK. An airline can get fines from the FARE regulatory body for connecting to the wrong airport.

The Lufthansa spokesperson said the airline will not make a change to AirTags or AirNav to track passengers’ bags on all Lufthansa flights.

“Although we don’t control the use of Apple or AirTags, we will make it as difficult as possible for them to track our bags,” a spokesperson said.

“We have the ability to tell AirNav to ignore such requests, and the AirNav software will stop tracking them,” the spokesperson said.

“Our main interest is in improving passenger service, and preventing baggage theft. We don’t want to become a carrier of criminals or fraudsters.”

“We are also aware that AirTags may be used as a form of tracking by people attempting to use the system with the help of a third-party app, to determine where they

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