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Woman uses AirTag to track lost Air Canada baggage for 5 days

Frequent flyer Kelly Laing lost her luggage late last month while traveling from Toronto, Ontario to Saint John, New Brunswick, but found some solace in being able to follow her suitcase to the using an Apple AirTag she cleverly hid inside – reports World News.

“It’s an hour and a half flight. I was there early, ready to go. I checked my only bag of luggage for this flight, I took the airline. It was still a little delayed. I landed in Saint John, got off right away, went to baggage claim and my bags weren’t there,” Laing said.

She shared her story in a series of TikTok videos, and Laing wasn’t the only passenger on her flight who lost her checked baggage. Saint John was hosting the Memorial Cup at the time, and things in the city were busier than usual.

Unlike the other affected passengers, however, Laing had placed an AirTag in his luggage for “peace of mind”. The decision definitely spared him some distress.

Apple launched its AirTag for US$29 (CA$39) in April 2021 to help customers keep track of their belongings and more. AirTags are powered by the Find My network, which includes over a billion Apple devices worldwide.

Airport officials couldn’t help Laing with his luggage, and his airline wasn’t much help either. “No notification from Air Canada, no email telling us about our luggage. The only thing I had was this tracker and if I didn’t have it I would probably worry a lot more,” he said. she declared.

“The first thing I did was open my phone, look for my AirTag to find my luggage, and I could see its location said Toronto Pearson [Airport].”

Laing tracked her missing luggage for five days before airport authorities finally retrieved it.

“On the Find My Device app, you can see exactly where your luggage is, where that AirTag is. So I watched it for five days. Pearson day one: not moving; day two: not moving; day 3: don’t move…luckily on day 5 I saw he had arrived in Moncton and then he headed to Saint John.

She then went to the airport, where she found her lost belongings on presentation of her identity card. Even if you cannot immediately recover something you have lost, it is useful to know where it is at all times.

Last month, a Toronto resident was able to track down and recover his stolen Range Rover using the AirTags he had left inside.