By now, everyone should have at least heard about the Alaska Airlines Flight 1282. The flight was onboard a Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft going from Portland, Oregon to Ontario, California. Six minutes into the flight, a “door plug” had flown off the plane, causing a decompression event. No lives were lost, but there were a few injuries and some lost items. One was a shirt that was ripped of a teenage boy. The other was an iPhone.
While we may never know where that shirt went, while people were out looking for the door plug, they found the iPhone. The phone was still intact on the side of the road just northeast of Beaverton, Oregon.
That’s one tough iPhone
The man who found it was Sean Bates, one of a few locals who volunteered to help out the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) locate the door plug. It was noted that the phone was “pretty clean with no scratches on it.” He confirmed that it was from the plane when he was able to view baggage claim information from the flight in question. He was able to do this because it was charged and no passcode.
While it is great that the phone had no passcode so the owner could be found, please do not keep your iPhone unlocked. People are out here stealing iPhones.
Going back to the charged bit, you can see from the Twitter photos that the owner was apparently charging the phone when it was ripped out the plane.
The NTSB also confirmed that the phone belonged to a passenger. It also stated that this was teh second phone found, but did not state what phone it was.
For fair and balanced (yes I know what that sounds like) sake, I hope it was an Android device.