A man who accidentally forgot his laptop on a Delta Air Lines flight had it stolen from the plane; he was ultimately able to track the computer down to the home of the person who allegedly took it and get it back, but he has concerns now about how this was able to happen so easily in the first place.
Robert, a passenger on a recent Delta Air Lines flight who declined to share his last name, accidentally left his laptop on his flight when he boarded—and later discovered it had been stolen. Robert alleges that someone on the cleaning crew took it. Ultimately Robert was able to track his computer down and luckily had the laptop returned to him.
“I was not hopeful. I was not expecting to actually get it,” Robert told WSB-TV Atlanta. “I called Delta, tried to get them to track it down. They just put me through to lost and found and I left a voicemail.”
The laptop was found at a home less than 10 minutes from the airport. Robert found it by using the Find My iPhone app on his phone.
“When you go in there, it shows you all your devices and you can zoom and see where they are,” Robert told WSB-TV.
The person at the residence where the laptop was found confirmed that he cleans Delta planes and eventually admitted to stealing a laptop from one and selling it for $500. The police had the man call the person he sold it to, buy it back, and return it to Robert.
“Probably a lot of people after a long day of travel forget phones, laptops, whatever—and the fact that it can be so brazenly taken right out of an airport is frustrating and I think a little bit scary in the bigger picture,” Robert said.