Lufthansa Says Passengers Can’t Use Apple AirTags to Track Checked Bags
Apple’s AirTags, the little black and white tag that’s affixed to your checked bag at airport security checkpoints, could be used for tracking. That’s what the German Lufthansa is suggesting, at least in part.
On Thursday, the company issued a statement to The New York Times saying it has asked US Customs and Border Protection to consider using AirTags “only in the rare situations in which it is required by law and public policy.”
“That is the United States,” said Lufthansa.
“As we explained in our public statement, AirTags are in no way linked to passenger names or addresses, nor do we expect AirTags to be used for such purposes.”
But in an interview Wednesday with ABC, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr offered a different explanation. He said that AirTags, by themselves, would be used for tracking, noting that they are already used by the German airways and train companies and elsewhere.
According to Spohr, AirTags are used for tracking because they show whether a bag has been tampered with after it’s boarded its flight. But Spohr also said the Lufthansa would never do anything that would undermine or impair airport security measures. (He also said that in some countries, passengers can use an iPhone to track their bag.)
With this in mind, while AirTags are not as useful as other kinds of tracking systems, he said, they at least help make sure people do the right thing by flying the right kind of bags.
“If somebody drops a bag off at the airport without AirTags attached that is a security risk,” he said. “If they’re not following the AirTags, they’re doing something wrong.”
The Lufthansa statement went on to say that, as Lufthansa does not “have