An iPhone gets lost aboard a Qantas plane
He needed the number because his wife apparently left her iPhone on a Qantas plane. Rugby wrote that thanks to the “Find My” app, he knew that the handset had boarded the plane with his wife, which was flying from Sydney to Auckland. Then it flew back to Sydney, went from Sydney to Honolulu to Sydney and then flew again from Sydney to Auckland to Sydney.
This iPhone was caught in a Qantas corporate chair in 2016 and when the battery leaked, it started a fire in-flight
Meanwhile, the Rugby family was able to track the phone’s travels and the battery must have been enough to keep the phone sending signals. The device was believed to have been lodged in the seat in which Mrs Rugby had been seated during the original flight. You would think this would have prompted Qantas to do whatever it took to get the phone out of the seat.
Another community member had a good point about how poorly Qantas cleans its planes between flights when it couldn’t find the phone. The airline also lacks security checks between flights.
After three round trips, the iPhone has finally come home
After the phone made three rounds and landed in Sydney for the third time, a forum member helped Qantas pick up the phone. It was unknown whether this person was a passenger following the forum or a Qantas employee who is a member of the forum. Anyway, the Rugbys got a call from a Qantas employee who said they had the phone and would take it to international baggage services.
mr. Rugby was in Auckland when he learned from Qantas that they had his partner’s iPhone. He picked up the well-traveled device the following week when he returned to Sydney. By the way, leaving your phone on the plane is not an isolated situation. A member of a forum called One mile at a time who goes by the name “JD” wrote: “Flight MEX-FRA first class (747) a few years ago. When I woke up, I couldn’t find my iPhone anywhere.”