A 31-year-old man has revealed how he traveled 6,437 km across the world to find his stolen AirPods – spending nearly $4,000 to do so.
Manchester’s Lewis Ellis forgot his headphones after getting off a Qatar Airways flight from Bangkok to Doha, Qatar.
After realizing his mistake, he says the staff couldn’t let him back into the cabin to pick them up, but he expected to find them once inside the airport.
Much to his dismay, four hours later they were nowhere to be found and he left.
Lewis then had the idea of checking their location on the Find My app on his phone – and was stunned to learn they were on the move.
“I then had the joy of watching them travel the world for no less than five months,” said Lewis, founder of Hussel Marketingtold NeedToKnow.online.
“I don’t know who took them, but my AirPods went on vacation like never before.
“I watched them fly from Qatar to Kathmandu, before heading to a small village in the Himalayan mountains overlooking Nepal.
“They then had a short getaway to Thailand before finally coming back to rest in Doha.
“I just couldn’t take it anymore – so I decided to find them.”
Dare leads to an epic journey to find AirPods
What started as a daring prank by friends to pick them up in person turned into an adventure for Lewis.
He flew to Doha and began the hunt for his lost headphones, constantly checking the app so he could get as close to them as possible.
Lewis was accompanied by his friend Tom and a local man called Karim whom they met at the hotel where they were staying and who was eager to help.
“We went hunting. It was an adventure and I felt like I was in a movie about lost treasure, it was all very exciting,” Lewis said.
They tracked the AirPods to an apartment building – the closest the app would get them – then went from floor to floor trying to connect to it via Bluetooth.
Finally, outside one of the rooms, the headphones were connected to Lewis’ phone.
“We knew they were inside and I was determined to get them back. I would go back any day of the trip until I got them,” he said.
“I had the box with the serial number on it, so I was ready to prove they were mine.”
“My mother thinks I’m crazy”
Lewis, Tom and Karim were eventually allowed inside where several people were staying.
Fortunately, the presumed lost headphones were returned without incident.
“We clapped and clapped, it was fun and games and there were no hard feelings,” Lewis said.
“When we left, someone apologized for the inconvenience, but I was just happy to have them back.”
Despite spending a total of £2,300 (AU$3,963) on flights, accommodation and food, Lewis has no regrets.
“My mom thinks I’m crazy but it was fun! We didn’t really have a plan, but we just hoped to find them,” he said.
“The fact that you can track tiny headphones around the world is amazing.
“I didn’t really expect to get them back and I joked that flying to Doha to get them back was the meanest thing I’ve ever done.
“But it’s just great that we managed to find them – and now I don’t need to buy a new pair!”
Jam Press has contacted Qatar Airways for comment.
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