Just a word of advice: if you are going to steal a mobile phone from a passenger, you are advised to wipe it before using it. An American Airlines FA may soon lose her job for not knowing better.
A passenger reached her destination, began to exit the aircraft, then realized she did not have her cell phone. She was not allowed back to her row, but a FA agreed to search for it while she waited outside the aircraft door.
The FA returned, stating she could not find it. Dejected, the passenger went home, likely concluding another passenger had stolen it.
But then something funny happened. About a week later pictures started appearing on her iCloud account (Apple’s cloud backup tool). And not just any pictures…but pictures of the FA!
Her friend reached out to American Airlines’ on Twitter, asking for an explanation.
A friend of mine lost her phone on an @AmericanAir flight and realized while deboarding. She tried to turn around (still on plane) and FA told her to deplane, she’d look and bring it to her. FA told her she found nothing. Days later, selfies of FA appear in her iCloud. Explain. pic.twitter.com/vYI32pWeSa
— Bobby Johnson (@BobbyJohnson89_) February 3, 2018
AA has requested more information.
How to Steal a Phone from an Airplane
Here’s how you do, if you’re going to do it. Once you have the iPhone, you put it in airplane mode, ensure wi-fi is off, then go into settings and choose “restore factory settings”. Once that is done, you can log in to your own iCloud account and restore from a backup. Otherwise it can be tracked to you. Just exchanging SIM cards will not cut it.
And to passengers: there’s a reason to assign a passcode when turning the phone on. That won’t stop a determined thief, but it may have stopped this FA from helping herself to the passenger’s phone.
I hope you can sense the facetious tone of my post. In case it isn’t clear, shame on the FA for (allegedly) stealing the phone. There is absolutely no excuse for it and she should be promptly terminated. Actions have consequences and there should be no second chances for stealing.