Lufthansa Says Passengers Can’t Use Apple AirTags to Track Checked Bags, Says This is What Happened Last Year
The world’s largest passenger airline says it has changed its policy due to feedback from passengers saying they believe their privacy is being breached. The airline says it can’t and won’t give out the location of their bags.
In September of last year, a passenger contacted the airline to report a suspicious bag on the plane, which the airline inspected and determined did indeed contain drugs. The passenger was arrested at the airport and charged with possession of narcotics.
Lufthansa has said the bags on board are now marked with an air tag “with the Lufthansa Airport Services Airplay logo in the upper left corner.” The airline says this will be replaced by a sticker that says, “This bag is not permitted checked baggage.”
The airline said this is because passengers have been concerned about having their bags searched and if the drug found is not related to their flight, then they have nothing to worry about.
Lufthansa says if a passenger would like to check their bags on the flight they would go to a separate window where the bags are scanned and marked with air tags.
“When the bag is scanned and the Airplay logo is found, the bag will be immediately moved to the holding area and will not be further inspected. The passenger is free to leave the holding area with the bag or to leave the aircraft with the bag,” the airline said.
Lufthansa says it expects the number of “uncontracted checks” this way to decrease as the rollout of the new policy occurs, however, it doesn’t go into any detail about what could happen if a passenger decided to leave their bag on the plane.
This comes after a pilot at a German airport was recently fired after being caught trying to secretly record passengers on three separate flights in order to get to know his co-workers better.