A 60-year-old grandmother left distraught after losing her iPad on a plane at Manchester Airport has been reunited with her beloved device.
Ann Bithell, known to her friends as ‘Annie iPad’, because of how often she used it, was devastated after she left it in the pouch at the front of her seat.
Ann, from Flint, North Wales, later discovered the iPad, which contained all her holiday snaps, was stolen from the aircraft by an airport worker, after using the device’s Find My Friends app.
Her husband Peter used the app on his own iPad and the couple were amazed when to find out Ann’s iPad had been switched on and was now in residing in Oldham.
Ann said: “It was two hours later by the time I had noticed what I had done and I felt sick. It had all of our holiday photos on it as well as ones of our grandchildren and family.
“Peter turned on the Find My Friends app and the first time it didn’t work as it only works when the iPad is on.
“The guy who took it, who police say was a cleaner, must have turned it on when he got home because we found him the second time!
“I contacted my son in Chesterfield and he notified iCloud and they turned on lost mode so the guy couldn’t do anything with it. They then confirmed that it had been traced to the same address as the app said.”
Ann, a retired florist rang Manchester Airport, who put her straight through to airport police. After several phone calls between Ann, her son Alan and the police, two off-duty officers went to recover the iPad.
Ann added: “I was so excited when we got the address. I had another phone call when they got to the house and was asked what case the iPad was in. I told them, they hung up, and rang back 10 minutes later to say that they had it!
“I landed at 2pm, realised at 4pm it was gone and they had got it back it by the evening. It was all done in one day!
“I was so worried in case my photos had been wiped but thankfully it was ok.
“I was told I needed to go to the airport station to make a statement which I arranged to do the following Saturday.
“When I got there all the officers came out to meet me. I am so grateful to them all, especially the two who had finished work when they went to pick it up!”
A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson confirmed that a 48-year-old Manchester Airport worker from Chadderton, near Oldham, had been arrested on suspicion of theft and had been bailed until October 4.
The spokesperson added: “We would encourage people to take advantage of features of modern devices such as the Find My Friends application not only for their own security but also if the device is lost or stolen.”