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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Rainmaker
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Jim Patton
Realtor - Stanislaus & Merced county Realtor.
Century 21 M&M - 209-633-2839

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.

October 16, 2012 04:57 PM
Rainmaker
660,181
Pacita Dimacali
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
Alain Pinel

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.

 

October 16, 2012 05:18 PM
Rainmaker
308,992
Anja Kerstens
GRI, CDPE, CHS, ASP, Selling Silicon Valley Real Estate
Summit Realty Group

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

October 16, 2012 08:42 PM
Rainmaker
660,181
Pacita Dimacali
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
Alain Pinel

Anja

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

Good luck!

October 16, 2012 08:53 PM
Rainmaker
1,185,471
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

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?

October 17, 2012 01:07 AM
Rainmaker
245,115
John M. Scott
Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area
BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties

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!". ;-)

October 17, 2012 06:07 PM
Ambassador
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Kathy Streib
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
Room Service Home Staging
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.
October 27, 2012 07:57 PM
Rainmaker
660,181
Pacita Dimacali
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
Alain Pinel

AFter my experience with TSA, I found thi

http://www.cnbc.com/id/47690154/Want_to_File_a_TSA_Complaint_There_s_an_App_for_That

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

October 28, 2012 11:44 AM
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Pacita Dimacali

Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
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