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Can AirTag be used on your next flight?

5 min read
  • Can AirTags be used to help find your lost luggage?
  • Are AirTags even allowed to be powered-on inside your checked luggage?
  • In this article, we’ll look into the latest information about using AirTags on your next flight.

Apple has recently released the AirTag — a small tracking device that is used to help you find your lost keys, backpack, wallet and more. But can AirTags be used for luggage, and do they work on planes? While some people prefer to have their luggage as carry-on, some flights and airports require luggage to go through the baggage handling system and will end up in the belly of the aircraft. In a some cases, luggage can get lost as it can go down the wrong baggage lane, or simply misplaced. Thankfully, AirTags can help you find this lost luggage in a snap, as clarified by popular air travel news publication Executive Traveller.

From Executive Traveller:

Other luggage trackers such as Tile have been doing the same thing for years, while passengers have wireless Bluetooth headphones and earphones, so this is really not an issue.

Some people have had questions about AirTags and air travel, due to most airlines implementing a wireless electronics off policy during lift-off or in-flight. According to airlines, however, having Bluetooth switched on is not an issue — meaning that AirTags specifically will not be an issue because they emit such low levels of Bluetooth rays. From Executive Traveller:

Also worth noting: while airlines have banned rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs from checked luggage (including so-called ‘smart luggage’), this doesn’t apply to the tiny single-use lithium CR2023 cells. Besides which, they’re already in millions of Tiles and key fobs sitting in cargo holds.

So, while the world begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and international travel begins to open up, you may have just been given a little bit more peace of mind knowing your luggage is safe. And while your airline may struggle to locate your bags, AirTags won’t.

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