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A traveler has discovered how useful Apple AirTags can be, tracking down ski equipment lost at an airport and ensuring it arrived on a connecting flight on time.
As Apple’s compact tracking device, AirTag can be used to search for lost or stolen items, as well as to notify when assets are moving away from their owner. In the case of one traveler, AirTag helped prevent luggage from getting lost between connecting flights.
Ross Feinstein, writing for The dot guy tells of a trip from New York to France, via Madrid. As this was a ski trip, the luggage included two checked bags containing ski equipment, as well as AirTags.
After checking in in New York, he received the usual separation alert on his iPhone, then was able to confirm information from his airline’s mobile app that the baggage had arrived on the plane.
Arriving in Madrid to catch a connecting flight, Feinstein had to collect his luggage from baggage claim, as the luggage could not be checked in as he had flown on two separate tickets. However, despite being alerted via the airline’s app that the bags were supposed to have arrived at baggage claim, he waited 40 minutes and did not see the bags.
Feinstein then opened the Find My app, discovering that the luggage was still at the arrival gate, left instead of being taken to baggage claim.
Staff working in baggage claim were surprised to see the level of detail of the bag’s location on the iPhone, but soon began trying to find out what had happened to the baggage. It was then determined that the contractor responsible for moving the bag was unaware that it was waiting to be transported to the oversized baggage carousel in the baggage claim area.
After a few minutes, Feinstein found his luggage and was able to make the connecting flight.
He is confident that if he hadn’t attached AirTags, he would have filed a lost baggage claim and switched to connected flying. Not only would he have arrived at his destination without his ski gear, but he would also not necessarily have retrieved the delayed baggage quickly, if at all.
The story is the latest involving AirTags helping find items that have suddenly gone missing. In May, the Apple accessory helped a photographer recover $7,000 of stolen equipment while vacationing in Australia, as well as helping police find a suspect after an armed robbery, after the suspect stolen a backpack containing an AirTag.