Oops, I left my iPad on the plane: MSN Money

Posted: April 26, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), USA
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[The Wall Street Journal] If you did that, you’re far from being the only one. Unfortunately, airlines are having a very difficult time reconnecting lost tablets with their owners.

The plane lands, travelers grab their stuff, check their phones for email and voicemail and file past flight attendants for one last “buh-bye.” But increasingly, harried passengers are leaving something behind: their iPads.

Airlines say they are warehousing hundreds of iPads and other tablet computers left behind

Airlines say they are warehousing hundreds of iPads and other tablet computers left behind

Airlines say they are warehousing hundreds of iPads and other tablet computers and e-readers left behind by travelers. Carriers try to reunite the devices with their owners but are often thwarted by the lack of ID tags, password protection and Apple’s reluctance to track down owners based on serial numbers.

Delta Air Lines says it has several dozen unclaimed iPads in Atlanta, its largest hub, and a bunch more at other hub airports around the world. Southwest Airlines says it has a “great number” of iPads. Virgin America Airlines says it ends up donating one or two every month to a San Francisco charity after declaring them lost causes after 30 days. (The length of time a lost item is kept varies by airline.)

“A bare iPad without any identifying feature is difficult for us,” said Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant.

After landing, travelers often grab their phones. But their thin tablets and electronic readers, typically….

Read the rest of this story at MSN Money….

 


Scott McCartney  – 26th April, 2012
The Wall Street Journal


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