Last Wednesday, a dreaded First World Fear was realized. During a tight connection between flights at the Dallas – Fort Worth airport, I left my iPad in the seat pocket on my first flight. I didn’t realize what I had done until I reached into my briefcase for it on my next flight. My heart sank. I use the IPad for so many things. To lose it was a huge disruption in my day to day life, not to mention the cost and hassle of replacement
A call to the DFW lost and found department was not reassuring. I was instructed by the telephone robot to leave a message with contact information and lost item description, and wait. I dutifully complied, but had real doubts about whether I’d ever see my iPad again. A conversation with an American Airlines gate agent gave a little bit of hope. She assured me that every lost item was investigated, and that I should be patient for the process to take its course.
My Monday morning, I had about given up hope. But then – the phone call – my iPad had been found! I had activated the “Find my iPhone” feature, which caused my phone number to be displayed when ever the device was turned on. The lost and found agent called me, verified that the device was indeed mine and arranged for it to be returned to me by Fedex. Then things got interesting …
Soon after I received the happy phone call, I received an email, also informing me that the iPad had been found – another nice feature of Find my iPhone.
Apparently, when a device is in the “lost” mode, it will continue to wake up periodically and attempt to send its location via email. I have received 18 emails to that effect since the iPad was first found yesterday morning, each with a little map pinpointing its current location.
I really enjoyed tracking the iPad’s progress as it found its way back to me via my iPhone’s Find My iPhone app. In the photos below, you can see my iPad’s circuitous journey around DFW yesterday, its flight to the Fedex hub and back to Phoenix overnight, and the fairly direct route to my home by 7:33 this morning!
So, in addition to getting my treasured iPad back, I received an object lesson in the value of mobile location services! We live in wonderful times!