I mentioned in passing in my recent Turkish Airlines 777-300ER trip report that my phone flew out of my lap and into the bowels of the seat during our rough landing in Istanbul. Finding it turned out to be an ordeal…
I know better than to try to adjust the seat and look for it. That’s a sure way to damage the phone and perhaps even start a fire onboard. Usually when I drop my phone it is at least visible. But I couldn’t find it or even see it.
A FA noticed I was searching for something and asked if she could help. I admitted that I lost my mobile phone and like a pro, she nodded and asked me to step aside. She began searching for it. Five minutes passed and you could tell she was getting stressed. She called over a colleague.
Both of them could not find it. Meanwhile, I was standing in the aisle trying to stay out of their way while observing their search.
Five more minutes passed and neither of them could find the phone. I was going to try to connect to the internet on my laptop and use the Find My Phone App on iCloud to ping the mobile device.
Suddenly, a FA shouted out that she had found it. Where did it end up? In a tiny crevice on the center console between seats. Take a look at the picture below.
I’m not sure how the phone got there and what the purpose of that space is, but this created the next issue: how to get it out.
You see, the crevice was not intended to be opened and was deep–there was no way to fish it out with even the skinniest of fingers.
Over the next five minutes, the FAs very carefully used two cardstock safety cards to gently lift up the phone. Failing several times, finally the phone was secured.
With a huge smile across her face, the FA handed me the phone and said, “iPhone 10. Don’t lose it!”
The phone was secure.
Thanks Turkish Airlines! Remember, always hold your phones tightly upon landing.