Beware of TSA agents! Activate Find My iPhone/iPad/MAC on iCloud

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Remember to activate your Find My iPhone/iPad/MAC on iCloud

Reminder to all iPad, iPhone and MAC users: make sure you activate your Find my Apple devices via your icloud. I tested mine, and they work when I sent signals that make the devices emit sounds like a submarine sonar. Further, make sure you put passwords on all of them. One of the fabulous advantages of the "Find my....." is that you can even remotely erase the data. Can't be too careful!

Going through TSA (Transportation Security Administration) screening at an airport, I was subjected to what can only be described as distraction and diversion in an effort to steal from me.  I was told to separate my carry on luggage, bag, computer and other personal stuff (watch, shoes) in 4 separate bins. Then they made me go through this screening contraption that one can only describe as a huge x-ray machine.

By the time I got to my belongings, I was already quite annoyed when one of the screeners still wanted to look at my wallet-on-a-string although it had already gone through the screener. But when it came time to pick up my things, my first question was “Where’s my phone?”

The TSA agents seemed surprised, and told me to look in my carry on bag or my luggage. Why would my phone be there, when I was first told to put it in a separate bin with my computer?

So I looked again in carry on bag to luggage. Nope not there. While looking, I repeatedly asked, in a loud voice, and enough to be heard by other passengers --- “Where’s my phone?”

Then miraculously, on the third try, my iPhone5 was in my carry on bag where I didn’t put it.

Did these TSA agents not see or read the news where an agent and a flight attendant were separately found to have stolen iPads? And where the iPads were tracked using the Find My iPad feature?


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Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Thanks for the reminder Pacita.   I checked it out and it is amazingly accurate on where my phone was.   As for the video that is just scarey.   I don't fly a whole lot but I will certainly be careful next time.

Oct 16, 2012 09:57 AM #1
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Jim ----

When traveling in twos, it's more manageable. But when there's only one of you, and there are so many people in front and back of you, it can be a real nightmare. Fortunately, I haven't been victimized yet.


Oct 16, 2012 10:18 AM #2
Anja Kerstens
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Morgan Hill, CA
GRI, CDPE, CHS, ASP, Selling Silicon Valley Real

Wow Pacita, I will be extra careful and tell my girls who have the new iPhone. We all have upcoming flights.

Oct 16, 2012 01:42 PM #3
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA


Make sure you activate your Find My iPhone/iPad via icloud.

Good luck!

Oct 16, 2012 01:53 PM #4
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

If they would have taken my laptop, I may not have noticed right away. Take my phone and I'll know instantly. What were they thinking Pacita?

Oct 16, 2012 06:07 PM #5
John M. Scott
BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties - San Francisco, CA
Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area

Pacita, good girl! You have to look out for yourself. I can just imagine you standing there causing them trouble and saying "Where's my phone!". ;-)

Oct 17, 2012 11:07 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
Pacita- I hate it when they want you to place your items on the bins and on the conveyor belt before you can walk through. By the time you go through your items are sitting there for anyone to take! Good for you for standing your ground.
Oct 27, 2012 12:57 PM #7
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

AFter my experience with TSA, I found thi

Tom -- I'm on a mission to right this wrong

John -- my phone is my livelihood. They didn't know whom they were tangling with

Kathy -- that's why we should be ever vigilant

Oct 28, 2012 04:44 AM #8
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