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Passenger Tracked Stolen iPad to Flight Attendant's Home

By Deanne Katz, Esq. on September 27, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Trying to track a stolen iPad? There's an app for that, and it works.

A Nevada man lost his iPad during a flight on Horizon Air but luckily he had already enabled the Find My iPad app on his tablet. By using it, the police were able to track the device to the home of a flight attendant named Wendy Ronelle Dye.

On Friday, police arrested the Horizon Air flight attendant. She said she hadn't used the iPad but the evidence suggests otherwise.

Dye's story is that a passenger gave her the device, saying it was left on a seat. She claims she meant to give it to airline officials and didn't intend to keep it.

Unfortunately for her, some of her personal information was found on the device, including her husband's birthday, reports the Associated Press.

Dye could be in trouble for theft but the loss of the device likely wasn't its owner's concern. The danger of losing your iPad or other device is that it contains so much personal information. Not only does the Find My iPad app allow owners to track their lost iPad, it also protects their information.

The function must be active before the device is lost, but if it is then the owner can log in on any computer and control the iPad remotely.

From there you can lock the device if you're worried that it's vulnerable. You can also put a message on the screen asking people to return the device or have it play a sound. The message and sound will display even if the iPad is locked and silent.

Online you can see a map of where the device is which can lead either you or police to the person who currently has your iPad.

That is what allowed the iPad owner to get back his device which Associated Press reports is being returned to him. As for Dye, she's been suspended from her job and will likely face charges.

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