By Emma Confrere
Posted 3 hours ago, Updated 3 hours ago
The airline Delta states that it has “zero tolerance for this alleged behavior by people associated with the company”. Tada Images / stock.adobe.com
The 19-year-old stole more than $16,000 in property from a Florida airport that investigators were able to locate thanks to this Apple-branded accessory.
Used wisely, technology can be incredibly effective. This is what happened with an Airtag, an Apple product presented as “found everything to find everything”. Thanks to its Bluetooth signal, you can locate objects through your iPhone.
On July 14, a passenger boarded a Delta/Air France flight bound for Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport in Florida, the New York Times reports. Problem, his luggage will never arrive. Along with her clothes and makeup, her bag was worth $1,648. In addition to these items, there is an Air Tag that sends him a notification two weeks after landing. The device is active on a street in Mary Esther, a town near the Florida airport.
Meanwhile, on August 9, another traveler reported to the sheriff’s office that his $15,000 jewelry and sunglasses were stolen from his luggage. Five days earlier, an employee told the sheriff he saw an airport employee rummaging through passengers’ bags.
Jewelry and sunglasses at her home
Investigators then check the airport employee register and discover that a 19-year-old Giovanni is staying at Mary Esther. At her home, the sheriff’s deputies found the jewelry and sunglasses, but not the first passenger’s belongings. For his part, Giovanni de Luca admits to having looked in his pocket without giving any further details. He was arrested on August 10 and released the next day. The Delta company states that it has “zero tolerance for this alleged conduct by individuals associated with Delta, including those working for contractors.”
With the resurgence of lost baggage, some travelers are not hesitant to use the airtag technique. Others prefer to stow their valuables in carry-on luggage to protect themselves from malicious baggage handlers.
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