Lufthansa Says Apple AirTags Are Once Again Allowed in Checked Bags
Lufthansa says it has come back on board with Apple’s new check-in system, and that the airline now allows Apple’s iPhone-like iBeacons in its checked luggage.
Apple’s iBeacon-based check-in system was first introduced in April, but the airline says it is now back on board after a lengthy process that involved “thorough analysis and technical consultation” from Apple.
Lufthansa originally said the company would allow iBeacons in checked bags on a first-come, first-served basis. “Upon receipt of an application for the use of iBeacons in the check-in process from a passenger, which is reviewed with regard to feasibility, we will decide in consultation with the carrier.”
Now Lufthansa says it is “willing and able to allow Apple’s iBeacons to be used in check-in and departure processes at our hubs,” and that it will “actively cooperate” with Apple to “maximize the integration of the new technology,” in order to “improve customer service” and “optimize its implementation.”
The announcement comes a day after another major U.S. airline, Delta, said Apple’s iBeacon-based check-in system will be offered to its travelers on a first-come, first-served basis.
Apple’s new check-in system was originally introduced during WWDC14 last month, but it has since been met with a mixed response. While some U.S. technology enthusiasts are applauding the move, critics have said Apple’s implementation of the system is problematic.
In addition to giving travelers new tools to make their flights more efficient, Apple’s iBeacon-based check-in system could also help the company reduce the company’s carbon footprint. With the technology, the iPhone-like device could act as a wireless meter for airplane fuel consumption.
Apple said the new system would cut carbon emission by up to 1.6 percent.
As Apple pushes to make flying more sustainable for its customers, the