Flight attendant arrested after app finds lost iPad

September 23, 2012
This file photo shows a customer using an iPad at Apple's store in New York. A US airline passenger who lost his iPad on board used a special app to find it, in the home of one of the flight attendants, according to police.

A US airline passenger who lost his iPad on board used a special app to find it, in the home of one of the flight attendants, police said.

The attendant, identified as 43-year-old Horizon Air employee Wendy Ronelle Dye, was arrested late Friday, said Bill Kler, spokesman for the Oregon City Department near the western state of Oregon's most populous city Portland.

The passenger was a Nevada man who used the Find My app to locate his tablet after it went missing on the plane, Kler told AFP.

Dye told police that travelers on the aircraft said they found the tablet on a seat and gave it to her, and she had planned to turn it over to the airline eventually and had not used it, Kler said.

But police found personal information of hers on it, including her husband's birthday, said the spokesman.

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rah
4.4 / 5 (7) Sep 23, 2012
She should have been honest.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1.7 / 5 (11) Sep 23, 2012
Soon enough everything of value will be tagged and constantly AI monitored, including people. Theft, along with most other crime, will be impossible. You won't need an app to find your iPad, you'll know where it is all the time. It will tell you if it is not where it is supposed to be.
Digi
5 / 5 (1) Sep 24, 2012
She should have been honest.


Being honest is just admitting she stole the iPad. Rather she should be law abiding and not taken it in the first place.
Meyer
1 / 5 (1) Sep 29, 2012
It sure is odd that this app is suddenly all over the "news" just after the iPhone 5 release and a court ruling involving the app.

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